78,000 2019 Ford Rangers Recalled For Safety Issue

By WWJ Newsradio 950

DETROIT (WWJ) - Ford Motor Co. is recalling one of its newest, and what the company calls one of its most important products.

The recall, announced Monday, includes around 78,000 2019 Ranger midsize pickup trucks because of an issue that can cause the tail lamps to fail.

In affected vehicles, the automaker said the inline electrical connector terminals for the tail lamps may be misaligned or not properly seated. Misaligned or improperly seated terminals can result in intermittent or inoperative tail lamps. Intermittent or inoperative tail lamps can result in loss of stop, turn, rear position, and reverse lamps, which can reduce the vehicle’s visibility and may not fully alert other drivers that the vehicle is braking, turning, or reversing, increasing the risk of a crash. The high-mounted center stop lamp is not affected

WWJ's Jeff Gilbert reports there have been no crashes or injuries reported in connection with the problem. 

The recall affects 72,718 vehicles in the U.S. and federal territories and 5,546 in Canada, which were built at Michigan Assembly Plant from June 4, 2018, to Aug. 16, 2019.

Dealers will inspect the underbody inline connector and, if a terminal is loose, it will be re-pinned into a replacement connector.

The Ford reference number for this recall is 19S43.