Ford Recalls New 2019 Ranger for Transmission-Shifting Defect

February 07, 2019 by Alan Adler, @AlanAdler

Ford is recalling its brand-new 2019 Ford Ranger pickup trucks because the transmission can shift out of park when the vehicle is turned off and the driver’s foot is not on the brake pedal.

A wiring defect may interfere with the shifter interlock override, Ford said.

The company said it is unaware of any accidents or injuries resulting from the condition.

This recall affects approximately 3,500 Ranger vehicles in North America – approximately 3,000 in the United States and 500 in Canada.

The affected vehicles were built at the Michigan Assembly Plant from June 4, 2018, to Jan. 9, 2019. The plant was recently converted from small-car production to make the first Rangers sold in the U.S. since 2011.

Dealers will check the trucks to make sure the shifter interlock is working by trying to move the transmission shifter out of park with the vehicle off and without a foot on the brake pedal. If the shifter moves out of park, dealers will look for wiring interference, relocate the wiring and retest.

The Ranger enters a crowd of midsize pickups led by the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Fiat Chrysler Automobile also returns to the segment this year with the Jeep Gladiator.

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4 Responses

  1. Joe Pock

    There should be a recall on 2004 to 2007 F 350 super duty with the 6.0 for weak head bolts.

  2. Paul Pierce

    I have a focus with problems with the drivetrain since I owned it. Drove a ford for 50 years. Now the ranger is having problems. Changed my mine on Ford products.

  3. Rebecca Gravatte

    I bought my 2019 Ranger about 2 months ago, the brakes have done went out, I got that fixed. Now the transmission is slipping & throwing the whole truck forward.

  4. Kevin Clauson

    My 2019 Ranger is a complete piece of junk. It’s a danger to have on the road, stays in gear when shifted to park, always telling me crash detected or saying there will be a collision when no other vehicle in sight, body panels misaligned, stalls, auto start/stop activates in reverse sometimes, engine shudder, turbo will spool but not boost, HVAC usually only blows cold air, shudders then stalls when pulling trailer, 4×4 not working and front axles leak when using 4×4, and much more. Luther Family Ford in Fargo ND is where I got it, been in 5 times for all these issues and more. They refuse to let me bring it back and told me to stay off the property. Ford consumer care won’t help either. I’m stuck with a $33000 lemon that was built Oct 2nd and trade value is now $21000. Ford knows they built a pile of crap and won’t fix the situation with the truck or with horrible dealerships in their network, like Luther Family Ford in Fargo ND. Dealerships like that should be dropped from the Ford authorized network. And Ford should take responsibility when they build crap and make it right. I’m a disabled veteran, can only work limited part time and have lots of Dr appts. All I ask is that when I spend money I barely have I would like something that I can get out of my driveway with.


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