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Ford Paying Dealerships $1,000 To Find And Fix Recalled Rangers

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a red and black truck sitting on top of a car: 2006 Ford Ranger Recall Reward© Motor1.com 2006 Ford Ranger Recall Reward

Up to 9,000 Rangers need repairing.

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Ford hopes a $1,000 incentive will prompt dealerships to find and repair the remaining 2006 Ford Ranger pickups the company recalled earlier this year for faulty Takata airbag inflators, according to a new report from The Drive. When Ford announced the Ranger recall, initially recalling 3,000 Rangers before expanding it to include 33,000 trucks a months later, Ford released a “do not drive” notice for the vehicle. The company urged owners to stop driving the affected Rangers and immediately contact their local dealership to repair the problem. Six months, later, and Ford is still trying to get owners to fix their vehicle. 

"We take the safety of our customers very seriously and continue to use a wide variety of tools to reach and inform our customers of the Takata recalls to repair vehicles," Ford spokesperson Elizabeth Weigandt told The Drive. "Our latest action includes offering $1,000 per vehicle to our dealers to take additional unprecedented measures to locate, account for and/or repair the remaining 2006 Rangers as soon as possible.” 

According to the publication, which learned of the reward program, the dealership must locate and fix the trucks before receiving the $1,000. Often, dealerships are reimbursed by the automaker once they fix recalled vehicles. The reward is an added cash bonus to motivate dealerships to find and repair the affected vehicles. Up to 25 percent – 9,000 units – of 2006 Ford Rangers have yet to be fixed. Ford built the recalled trucks between August and December 2005. 

The Takata airbag recall is one of the largest recalls in U.S. history. The recall began in 2015, spreading to 19 different automakers and roughly affecting  50 million vehicles. The recall led to Takata to bankruptcy. The faulty airbags have killed at least 15 people in the U.S. with at least 250 reported injuries. It’s imperative for owners to get their vehicles fixed as soon as possible. Hopefully, this new reward program will also motivate dealerships, too. 

Recall watch: The latest automotive safety recalls

2003 Acura CL, 2013-16 Acura ILX, 2003-06 Aura MDX, 2007-16 Acura RDX, 2002-06 Acura TL, 2009-14 Acura TL, 2010-14 Acura ZDX, 2001-07 Honda Accord, 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-05 Honda Civic, 2002-07 Honda CR-V, 2010-11 Honda CR-V, 2003-11 Honda Element, 2007 Honda Fit, 2002-04 Honda Odyssey, 2003-08 Honda Pilot, 2006-14 Honda Ridgeline: Manufacturer: American Honda Motor CompanyNumber of vehicles affected: 1,108,939Report Date: March 6, 2019Issue: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling specific 2003 Acura 3.2CL, 2013-2016 ILX, 2013-2014 ILX Hybrid, 2003-2006 MDX, 2007-2016 RDX, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2004-2006, and 2009-2014 TL, 2010-2013 ZDX and 2001-2007 and 2009 Honda Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2003-2005 Civic Hybrid, 2001-2005 Civic GX NGV, 2002-2007 and 2010-2011 CR-V, 2003-2011 Element, 2007 Fit, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2008 Pilot, and 2006-2014 Ridgeline vehicles. The affected vehicles received a replacement driver air bag inflator as part of a previous Takata inflator recall remedy or a replacement driver air bag module containing the same inflator type as a service part. Due to a manufacturing error, in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver frontal air bag, these inflators may explode. An explosion of an inflator within the driver frontal air bag module may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver, front seat passenger or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.Solution: Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the driver’s air bag inflator with an alternate inflator, free of charge. Owners will be notified of the recall beginning on April 17, 2019, however, dealers are ready to begin repairs immediately.Contact: Honda owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s number for this recall is O41. Acura owners may contact customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Acura’s number for this recall is U40.

All figures are in U.S. dollars

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