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

motor1 logo motor1 8/9/2018 Anthony Alaniz
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.

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. 

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"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. 

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2017-19 Acura MDX; 2018-19 Honda HR-V, Odyssey; 2016 Honda HR-V: Manufacturer: American Honda Motor CompanyNumber of vehicles affected: 64,785Report Date: November 1, 2018Issue: Honda (American Honda Motor Co.) is recalling certain 2017-2019 Acura MDX, 2017-2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid, 2018-2019 Honda HR-V and Honda Odyssey, and 2016 Honda HR-V vehicles. The rear brake caliper pistons may have an insufficient coating, causing gas pockets to form, reducing brake performance. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 135, “Light Vehicle Brake Systems.” A reduction of braking performance increases the risk of a crash.Solution: Owners will be notified, and Honda or Acura dealers will bleed the brakes, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 17, 2018.Contact: Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-888-234-2138. Honda’s numbers for this recall are C31 and L30.

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