Ford Motor Co. on Oct. 14 announced a recall of its 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles built at its factory in Michigan between Aug. 1 and Sept. 27 over an issue with the model's HVAC blower motor.
The recall affects 17,965 units in the U.S. and federal territories as well as 1,544 units in Canada.
The automaker said the car's heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, blower motor may have been built with an improper clearance between the conductive base-plate slot and an electrical terminal. The condition could result in a resistive electrical short, increasing the risk of the HVAC blower motor overheating, melting, smoking or causing a fire.
Ford has received six reports on the matter but is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the issue.
Dealers are expected to replace the HVAC blower motor of affected vehicles, the company said.