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.
Manufacturer: FORD MOTOR COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: MAY 06, 2010
Component: PARKING BRAKE:DRIVELINE:HYDRAULIC:ACTUATOR
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2934
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.
A MANUAL TRANSMISSION VEHICLE PARKED IN NEUTRAL WITHOUT A FULLY APPLIED PARKING BRAKE MAY HAVE UNINTENDED MOVEMENT WHICH MAY CAUSE A CRASH.
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.