Experiencing a recall can be met with a number of responses. For many, seeing that fateful letter show up in the mailbox after a long day at work can lead to glossing over, tossing it in the junk mail pile or stacking it off to the side of the kitchen table to eventually get to it down the line. Maybe you read over it and decide to get the issue looked at next time you go in for a routine service like an oil change. But recall notices should not be taken lightly, or as some may do, ignored. These notices are issued to protect you, the consumer, from damage and physical harm that your vehicle could potentially lead to should the recall not be address. Many underestimate the potential severity or urgency of a recall; the reality of a recall is that it should be handled urgently. Recalls are not issued particularly often by automakers, due largely to a combination of manufacturing betterments and quality control increases over the years, but also because of the reputation hit those vehicle manufacturers can take in these instances. When a recall is issued, that means that a problem was identified and may already have led to an accident. This means that if you’re the driver of a vehicle under the recall, you could be putting yourself and your family at harm every single time you get behind the wheel of a car with a pending and unchecked recall.
So what should you do? Stay on top of things, first and foremost. A quality dealership will inform you when you’re getting service that you have a pending recall and do the work on the spot to correct it. They may reach out by mail or by phone (or both) prior to get you in for service. When many hear service, they might think of a long wait or an associated cost. The good news is that typically recalls are repaired free of cost to the owner, and in preparation for the recall many dealerships will stock up on the necessary recall components to make the fix quick and easy. Nowadays, it often just requires a software update on a vehicle.
Beyond receiving notices in the mail, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration also maintains a public database of open recalls that you can regularly inspect. All you need is your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), the unique number ascribed to your vehicle, to search open recalls. This can typically be found on your car’s lower left windshield, inside the door or on your insurance card. Their search function covers recalls that are incomplete and have been conducted over the past fifteen years; it also includes motorcycle manufacturers.
Now you’re prepared to go into the future full steam ahead with your vehicle protected. As for 2019 Ford Ranger owners, that future is now with an open recall affecting thousands of vehicles sold by the manufacturer. What does the recall include? What’s the reason, and how can it be remedied? Let’s look at the finer points of the 2019 Ranger recall and see what you have in store for yourself when you roll up to the dealership.
2019 Ford Ranger Recall: The Specifics
The 2019 Ford Ranger recall has so far affected approximately three thousand model-year 2019 Ford Ranger pickup trucks. Specifically, the recall cites 2019 Ford Rangers that are equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission as the primary culprit.
The problem results from a transmission shift lever that can be moved from the ‘Park’ position with relative ease and no use of a key in the starting system. It can also be done without depressing the brake pedal. The risk factor in this is inherent; the transmission can easily be pushed into drive and the vehicle could move without the driver’s intent, creating a significant chance that an accident or injury could occur. Ford explained that, “in the affected vehicles, the P-R-N-D-L bezel wiring may interfere with the shifter interlock override,” which in turns allows the Park function to not lock as it should.
The 10R80 is a standard feature on the 2019 Ford Ranger, manufactured primarily in Livonia, Michigan, which is known for featuring the most number of gears in a mid-size pickup truck on the market. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost also comes standard on the model, and it’s modified for towing action and receiving payload. The payload is rated at 1,860 pounds, and the 310 pound-feet of torque in the EcoBoost makes this pickup incredibly popular as a best-in-class feature in the mid-size market. Despite a plethora of options to augment the Ranger experience, the car pedal lock recall issue is affecting 2019 Ford Ranger’s across the board. In addition to the three thousand recalled in the US, around five hundred 2019 Ford Rangers have also been recalled in Canada.
What should you do if you have this recall on your 2019 Ford Ranger? First, Ford began notifying owners on February 22, 2019 about the notice. If you haven’t received a notice by mail yet, call the automaker at 866-436-7332 to receive more information. They will help you contact your nearest dealership to set up an appointment for your vehicle to be inspected and serviced to correct the recall. When correcting the notice, dealers will inspect and repair the transmission floor shift selector interlock assembly. This is done at no cost to vehicle owners.
The nature of this recall notice places an utmost urgency to resolve the recall as soon as possible. Even if your 10-speed shift lever seems to be fine and not responding with any locking issues, it’s worth it to get it inspected anyways by a licensed service technician from Ford to guarantee everything is functioning as it should.
Contact an Expert
If you have experienced an accident that you believe resulted from this recall, or have questions about recalls and how they affect your vehicle in the event of accident or injury, don’t hesitate to reach out to Shainfeld Law and learn more about lemon law as it pertains to your vehicle and whether or not you may have an incident that constitutes a case in a court of civil law.