• May 26, 2010
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The last major Ford Ranger redesign ocurred in 1993. Bill Clinton was president, the Internet was almost completely unknown and many Autoblog readers were in utero or non-existant. In the 17 years that followed, Ford has done next to nothing to their neglected little pickup, yet we still have a recall notice for the 2010 model year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 2,934 Ford Rangers equipped with manual transmissions. The vehicles reportedly contain a potentially defective parking brake cable that can be disconnected from the right rear actuator in colder climates. The condition presents itself when the brake is released and a wet parking brake shoe is frozen in the applied position. If the cable becomes disconnected, the parking brake may not fully engage.

Affected vehicles were built between June 8, 2009 and February 2, 2010. If you purchased one of these Rangers, you can take it to the nearest Ford dealer. The dealer will replace your faulty parking brake actuator free of charge. Hit the jump to read over the NHTSA press release.



[Source: NHTSA]
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Model Year(s): FORD / RANGER 2010

Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: MAY 06, 2010

Component: PARKING BRAKE:DRIVELINE:HYDRAULIC:ACTUATOR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2934

Summary:
FORD IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010 RANGER VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JUNE 8, 2009 THROUGH FEBRUARY 2, 2010 EQUIPPED WITH MANUAL TRANSMISSION. IT IS POSSIBLE FOR THE PARKING BRAKE CABLE TO BECOME DISCONNECTED FROM THE RIGHT REAR ACTUATOR DURING COLD WEATHER. THIS MAY OCCUR WHEN THE PARKING BRAKE IS RELEASED IF WET PARKING BRAKE SHOES HAVE FROZEN IN THE APPLIED POSITION. IF THE RIGHT REAR PARKING BRAKE CABLE BECOMES DISCONNECTED, THE PEDAL WILL HAVE EXTENDED TRAVEL AND MAY NOT FULLY APPLY THE PARKING BRAKE.

Consequence:
A MANUAL TRANSMISSION VEHICLE PARKED IN NEUTRAL WITHOUT A FULLY APPLIED PARKING BRAKE MAY HAVE UNINTENDED MOVEMENT WHICH MAY CAUSE A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSTALL A REVISED RIGHT REAR PARKING BRAKE ACTUATOR TO PREVENT CABLE DISCONNECTION FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE MAY 19, 2010. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FORD AT 1-866-436-7332.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Since many recalls are due to cold weather, how about everybody just move south?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can't, either too many floods or oil spills.
      Ronald
      • 4 Years Ago
      why cant we get a true 4 door ranger? they have them in australia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No roll away hazard. Leave it in gear.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 xtasi

        It is all about having back up systems. That is what NASA does. Common sense tells you any one system can fail. If you are expecting just or the parking brake to do the job you are more likely to have a problem. Especially if you have a lot of miles on your car. Using the transmission, brakes and turning the wheel provides you with extra security. Common sense adds another bit of security. I am not afraid to walk an extra block to avoid leaving my car on a steep incline. I know my vehicle is in top condition and well driven but I am not willing to put enough faith in the people that park higher up the hill. Especially in slippery conditions. I have seen enough parked cars that got written off by idiots who didn't even stop to leave a note. Call me cautious but in 20 years of driving I have never written off a car or filed an insurance claim.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point, but if left in gear the roll should be slower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Having pop started many sticks (when you're in college and a bad starter you do what you have to do :) 1st or 2nd gives you an easier time than 3rd-6th.

        I'd imagine it would be the same for rolling away. Much easier to roll in 1st or 2nd.

        But I may very well be wrong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ItGuy:

        I think you mean 4th or 5th.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ItGuy: Why do you say especially if it's left in 1st or 2nd?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It could roll if the clutch is slipping.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even a stick can roll if left in gear, especially if it's 1st or 2nd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I always put my Ranger and Samurai in 1st on a hill (my driveway) and they never roll.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm confused. What the hell changed between 1993 and 2009?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The rest of the world.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't understand, this isn't a Toyota recall, why was it posted on Autoblog?
        • 4 Years Ago
        You saw this too? I thought I was just seeing things.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No new Ranger? We Europeans get the Thai Ranger with nice Common Rail Diesels. But Ford obviously saved the costs of re-tooling the US Ranger production facility. I always thought just third world countries would get those terribly outdated cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ Especially when I walked out of the dealer with a new XLT (not the base XL) for $11,500. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although I wish Ford would update the Ranger in the US, I see the reasoning for not doing it. The small pickup market is shrinking and most people prefer full-size trucks instead. I think it's something like 10 fullsize trucks are sold for every small one. An F-150 costs only a little bit more, fuel economy is about the same, maybe a little less, and you get much more utility out of it. The current US Ranger might not be particularly fancy, but it is a perfectly adequate truck and people that buy them are not looking for fancy anyway.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was 6 TYVM!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      There should not be a problem if you park it on 1st gear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A dinosaur.
      • 4 Years Ago
      No one should put the emergency brake on if its cold outside and your brakes are wet. Parking brakes have been known to freeze since they were invented.

      Lay under you vehicle with a torch melting the ice just once, and you will remember.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wonder how many Rangers they could sell with the new 5.0 engine/trans. installed ?
      The full-house Ranger !
        • 4 Years Ago
        I am sure they would sell tons of 302 powered rangers. I would think the 305 HP V6 would be great too with a 6 speed manual.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OMG, the mighty infallible Ford issuing a recall? Surely the end of the world is at hand, lol!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The_Zach:

        Don't be overly sensitive and play the game of "well, he was worse than I am". I was just joking. Obviously Ford is doing very good in name brand and reliability
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, but when you compare it to the 3.55 million that Toyota has recalled, the 1.35 million that GM has recalled, or the 1.2 million the Honda has recalled since the beginning of the year, this is nothing. Not to mention, Ford has only recalled 36,190 vehicles in the same period of time.
        Joyce
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, lay off of Ford! They have my utmost respect! The only U.S. auto maker who didn't take our tax $$$ (gov. bailout money)!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry, I hadn't had enough coffee, and the sarcasm sensor wasn't working yet, ha ha.
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