In October 2019, Ford issued a recall on 20,000 units of the 2019 Ford Ranger pickup in North America over defective HVAC blower motors deemed to pose a risk of electrical short, possibly resulting in overheating and starting a fire.
This time around, Ford is again recalling a total of 5,384 units of the same truck in the United States and 418 in Canada due to the same reason.
It appears the replacement blower motor installed in the supposedly repaired trucks has the same problem.
“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,” Ford said in a statement.
The problem could lead to overheating, melting, smoking, and potentially a fire.
Ford, however, clarified that it is not aware of fires, accidents, or injuries that may have been caused by the issue.
To fix the problem, dealers were instructed to check the date code on the replacement motors. Those built within the timeframe affected by the defect will be replaced.