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.