After only a few months on the market, Ford’s new Ranger mid-size pickup truck is being recalled to fix an issue with the automatic transmission’s shifter interlock override feature. The recall affects 3000 Ranger models in the United States and 500 in Canada that were produced between June 4, 2018, and January 9, 2019.
The shifter interlock override feature is meant to prevent unwanted vehicle movement, locking the transmission when in park and requiring the vehicle to be running and the driver’s foot on the brake to shift into reverse, neutral, or drive. According to a statement from Ford, the affected Rangers may have faulty PRNDL bezel wiring that can interfere with the feature.
The company reported that it isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries sustained from this issue and appears to be acting swiftly to correct the problem. Customers of affected vehicles are urged to visit their local Ford dealership where service personnel will perform a check to determine if the shifter interlock override feature is functional and, if necessary, repair or replace the faulty wiring to ensure that the system works as intended.
For more information about these and other recalls, consumers can utilize the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s online recall lookup tool or Ford’s own online tool.