Ford recalling 2010 Rangers for defective parking brake

(May 26, 2010) Ford is recalling model year 2010 Ranger vehicles for defective parking brake.

On Rangers made from June 8, 2009, through Feb. 2, 2010, equipped with manual transmissions, it is possible for the parking brake cable to become disconnected from the right rear actuator during cold weather.

This can happen 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.

Ford told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that 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 as required by law. Owners may contact Ford at 1-866-436-7332.