Ford recalls new Ranger pickups for fire risk

Ford is recalling its brand-new midsize Ranger pickup for a potential fire hazard, the company announced Monday.

The risk stems from the climate control system’s blower motor, which may have been built without enough clearance between its base plate (which is conductive) and an electrical terminal. The two can make contact, resulting in a short. Ford said this can increase the risk of the motor overheating, melting, smoking, or, in some cases, catching fire.

The recall campaign covers just under 20,000 trucks sold in the U.S. in Canada and built at Michigan Assembly between Aug. 1 and Sept. 27, 2019. Many of the vehicles impacted are likely still in (or en route to) dealer inventories, but Ford says it is aware of at least one incident in which a customer reported smoke while driving, which may be related to the defect in question.