Although Ford has not specifically recalled Rangers with the XLT trim levels, historically Rangers have been recalled for issues including air bag reliability, faulty wiring, fire hazards and structural problems. Ford's most recent Ranger recall, issued in July 2015, applied to Rangers from the 2004 through 2006 model years that Ford manufactured between March 24, 2003 and May 4, 2006. These trucks could allow moisture into the passenger-side airbag over time, rupturing its inflator.
In 2014, Ford issued two recalls for the same inflator issue, broadening its scope each time. In August 2011 Ford recalled 2011 Rangers built between Jan. 25 and April 25th, 2011. These trucks had faulty light switches that could keep the turn signals, tail lights or brake lights from illuminating. In February 2011, Ford recalled 2010 Rangers manufactured between Oct. 15, 2009 and May 19, 2010 due to improperly assembled heat shielding that could chafe fuel lines and eventually cause a leak.
In 2010 Ford issued a single recall for certain 2010 Rangers with manual transmissions, as they could experience a parking brake failure in cold weather. In 2009, Ford issued two Ranger recalls, the first for 2001 through 2003 Rangers equipped with faulty speed control switches and the second for 2009 models with improperly manufactured wheel spindles.