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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,552 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2006 Ford Ranger electrical problems

electrical problem

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2006 Ford Ranger Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 102010


  • 24,410 miles


Ford vehicle lost power and stopped running with full tank of fuel. Would not restart, had towed to repair shop. Replaced fuel pump for $606.99. Drove about a mile and same thing happened again. Found that the fuel inertia shut off switch needed re-setting. Bought a fuel pump I didn't need. This has happened multiple times this year again. Ford dealer said I needed a fuel pump. (35,000 miles) again, no way. The replacement part (inertia switch) moves the switch from passenger floor area to side kick panel. The design change shows design flaw. Ford should replace for no cost. Very dangerous when engine dies.

- Bellingham, WA, USA

problem #3

Oct 032011


  • 18,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Ranger. The contact stated that there was a defect with the safety switch, which caused the vehicle to stall without warning. The dealer diagnosed that there was a short in the safety switch, which cut fuel lines that allowed the vehicle to operate. The dealer replaced the safety switch. The manufacturer was notified, but denied any assistance with repairs to the failure. The failure mileage was 18,000 and the current mileage was 23,000.

- Lake Cross, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 192011


  • miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford Ranger. The contact stated the vehicle was completely destroyed due to a fire. The fire department was called and extinguished the fire and they stated the fire could have been caused by the battery. The contact did not contact the manufacturer regarding the fire. The vehicle fire could have burned down her home if the vehicle was parked closer to the house. The mileage and VIN were unknown.

- Fremount , OH, USA

problem #1

Feb 052010


  • 55,800 miles
Inertia switch in 2006 Ford Ranger causes truck to stall randomly. Switch is located on passenger-side in compartment by the foot. This random stalling is especially dangerous while in three lane traffic, railroad crossings, intersections, bridges, etc.. this switch is designed to cut electric to fuel pump in crash but most often fails during normal driving operation. This is not a unique complaint to 2006, but by other years reported on the internet. This problem has existed for many years and is probably responsible for more deaths due to errant operation than it saved lives in a crash. Another example of what seems like a good idea gone bad.

- Amsterdam, NY, USA

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