NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 1987 Ford Ranger

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 1987 Ford Ranger, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: UNDER SEAT FIRES

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA88033

    Component(s): Electrical System

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  2. INVESTIGATION: GEARSHIFT LEVER BREAKS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE89129

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: June 07, 1989
    • Date Closed: March 23, 1990
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Steering

    Summary: Summary: Consumers allege that gear shift lever in the subject vehiclesequipped with manual transmission may fracture, resulting in inabilityto shift gears.additionally, fracture may occur at a location whichallows trunnion pin to fall into gearshift mechanism, possibly locking upthe transmission and causing a loss of vehicle control.===

  3. INVESTIGATION: WHL SEPARATION/TORQUE LOSS

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE92029

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: March 16, 1992
    • Date Closed: August 31, 1992
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Suspension

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

  4. INVESTIGATION: THROTTLE STICKING

    NHTSA Engineering Analysis #EA90042

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: August 31, 1990
    • Date Closed: December 31, 1991
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Vehicle Speed Control:Linkages

    Summary: There is no summary currently available

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