I recently wrote about the current state of the recalls on the current generation Ford F-150. Today, Ford has issued another recall but this time it involves the smaller pickup truck, Ford Ranger. The recall affects a certain amount of 2019 Ford Rangers.
2019 Ford Ranger Recall
Ford Motor Company is issuing a safety recall for select 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles. Affected vehicles had the heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, blower motor replaced from Oct. 9 to Nov. 22, 2019, per recall 19S34. The replacement part used for that service may have been built with an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot that could result in a resistive electrical short. This condition can increase the risk of the HVAC blower motor overheating, melting, smoking or causing a fire.
Ford is not aware of any reports of accident, injury or fire related to this condition.
This action affects vehicles that were previously repaired per safety recall 19S34: 5,384 in the U.S. and federal territories and 418 in Canada.
Affected vehicles were built at Michigan Assembly Plant from Aug. 1 to Sept. 27, 2019.
Dealers will inspect the HVAC blower-motor date code. Blower motors built within the suspect time frame will be replaced. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S12.
What Is Involved In A Vehicle Recall?
The NHTSA describes a recall as any order “issued when a manufacturer or the NHTSA determines that a vehicle, equipment, car seat or tire creates an unreasonable safety risk or fails to meet minimum safety standards.” When a recall is issued, Ford dealerships will accept your vehicle for corrective measures or perform the needed maintenance at no cost to the consumer.
Ford Truck Recalls
This latest recall on the Ranger, which is the only known recall for that truck, is part of a small group of relatively minor recall issues surrounding Ford’s other truck, the F-150. Here’s just a quick overview of the current generation F-150 recalls.
Front seat recliner assembly. Affects certain 2018-2020 F-150 and F-250, 350, 450 and 550 Super Duty trucks. The resolution for this recall involves dealers inspecting the seat structure and replacing when needed at no charge. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C07.
17-inch spare tire. This involves 2020 F-150 trucks equipped with 17-inch spare tires. The spare tire could have been damaged when it was installed on the rim.
The resolution is a simple one as dealers will inspect the spare tire and replace when necessary, at no cost to the customer. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S55.
Exterior lighting. Affects certain 2018-2020 F-150 trucks. . This recall states: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2018-2020 F-150 trucks equipped with high series LED headlamps with Autolamp (On/Off) functionality. The Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) may remain activated instead of dimming to parking lamps when the Master Lighting Switch (MLS) is manually rotated from the "Autolamps" switch position to "Headlamps On." As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, "Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment."
The resolution on this latest recall is a simple one for Ford dealers. They will reprogram the body control module (BCM) to correct the issue. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20C03.
Once I again, I give Ford credit for staying out ahead of these issues, as minor as they may be. Safety compliance is one of the most important things for any auto manufacturer.
Be sure to check out my story on the upcoming 2022 Ford F-150 EV. This all-electric F-150 requires a certain amount of acceptance and a certain consumer. Also, follow Torque News every day for the latest information on America’s best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-150.
What do you think about these recalls? Do you get them fixed or do you not bother as they're too minor or you just don't want to waste the time? Leave your comment below and let me know.
Jimmy Dinsmore has been an automotive journalist for more than a decade and been a writer since the high school. His Driver’s Side column features new car reviews and runs in several newspapers throughout the country. He is also co-author of the book “Mustang by Design” and “Ford Trucks: A Unique Look at the Technical History of America’s Most Popular Truck”. Also, Jimmy works in the social media marketing world for a Canadian automotive training aid manufacturing company. Follow Jimmy on Facebook, Twitter, at his special Ford F-150 coverage on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can read the most of Jimmy's stories by searching Torque News Ford for daily Ford vehicle report.