Ford Recalls Select 2019 Ford Ranger Vehicles For Faulty HVAC Blower Motors (Photo Credit: Reuters/File)
Ford Motor Company has issued a safety recall for some of the 2019 Ford Ranger mid-size pickup trucks that were recalled earlier for faulty HVAC blower motors. These vehicles were recalled to fix heating, ventilation and air conditioning or HVAC blower motor. Around 19,500 vehicles were recalled from October 9 to November 22, 2019. The American automaker is this time recalling more than 5,800 of those vehicles. According to Ford, the replacement part used for in the service was could have been built without proper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base-plate slot. This could be probably causing a resistive electrical short. If left unchecked, it could increase the risk of the HVAC blower motor melting, overheating, smoking and even cause a fire.
Ford, however, specifically mentioned that it is not aware of any reports of injury, accident or fire because of this condition. Almost 5,384 vehicles have been recalled in the United States and federal territories along with 418 in Canada. The vehicles which have been recalled were built between August 1 and September 27, 2019, at Michigan Assembly Plant. The HVAC blower-motor date code will be inspected by the dealers and replaced if it is built within the suspected time frame. The Ford reference number for this recall is 20S12.
Earlier in February, the car manufacturer had recalled around 222,000 F-150 pickup trucks in North America. These were recalled to fix issues related to the headlamps that increased the risk of a crash. It was found after the investigation that daytime running lamps (DRLs) remain activated instead of dimming to parking-lamp intensity as per the guidelines of federal motor vehicle safety standards. This had the chance of reducing the visibility of other drivers and could increase the risk of a crash.