By on August 8, 2018

Tuesday was — accidentally, it turns out — all about the Ford Ranger, at least for those with no interest in Tesla and its business machinations. As we await the return of the midsize pickup’s online build and price tool, Ford is taking an unusual step to get old versions of the truck into the repair shop.

The automaker is offering dealers cash for every 2006 Ranger they can track down and pull off the road.

Not all 2006 Rangers, mind you. Just ones involved in February’s recall of 33,320 vehicles equipped with potentially deadly Takata airbags that haven’t made it to the shop.

A Ford spokeswoman confirmed to Automotive News that the automaker will hand dealers $1,000 for every ’06 Ranger slapped with a “do not drive” order, once those vehicles are found and fixed. The spokeswoman said that although 75 percent of the recalled vehicles have already been located, the extreme danger caused by the unstable airbag propellant made “unprecedented measures” necessary.

“We want to get to these vehicles as quickly as we can,” she said. “We just don’t want our customers driving these vehicles at all.”

While the Takata recall covered millions of vehicles from numerous automakers, the Rangers hit with a “stop driving” order are thought to be especially dangerous. Ford issued an earlier, smaller recall after discovering a connection between two airbag-related deaths in the United States. The unstable Takata airbag inflators found in both vehicles, which detonated and sprayed both crash victims with metal shards, were assembled on the same day.

Tests carried out on other airbag inflators showed drivers in a larger crop of vehicles faced a heightened danger.

“Further inflator and propellant test data showed higher propellant pressures and ruptures inside certain inflators in vehicles built during the period included in this expanded recall,” the automaker stated in February. “Ford is not aware of any injuries or fatalities involved in these additional vehicles.”

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26 Comments on “Ford to Dealers: We’ll Make It Worth Your While to Hunt Down Old Rangers...”


  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Isn’t Honda also facing this challenge with tracking down old Civics for the same recall?

    It’s amazing to me how:
    a. People ignore recall notices for various reasons, including not realizing they’re always done for free.
    b. Mfrs can’t track down thousands of old cars. Don’t they work with the state DMVs to do this?

    • 0 avatar
      King of Eldorado

      A couple of years ago I got a postcard from Honda informing me that my 2011 Fit had been recalled for an airbag issue and that I would be notified when the parts were available. Several months later — not having received a call or follow-up postcard — I took it to the dealer for routine service and mentioned the recall. They said they had the parts and could (and did) do it the same day. They did not know why I had never been notified about the parts being available.

      Later, I received 2 robocalls about “my Accord” still needing the airbag recall done. I’m a long-time Honda fan, but have never owned an Accord. After the second robocall I called the number provided and informed them that their list was apparently in error. They said they would look into it. My point is that it’s apparently an imperfect process (although it’s possible the robocall was from a third party for some dubious reason and not from Honda) and it’s worth periodically checking for yourself whether your car is subject to recall for airbags or other issues.

    • 0 avatar
      MartyToo

      On this I am guilty, but it was due to poor communication and a sequence of events that confused me.

      We owned an Accord with recalled airbags. After receiving the notice and then waiting for the airbag to become available at the dealer, we received a second notice. This was about the same time that I heard of a passenger side airbag recall in the news. We brought the car in again and thought all was well.

      Subsequently we continued to receive airbag recall notices that I assumed were in error. Honda eventually called us (see b. above in the note to which I’m responding) and when I explained that we had already had both airbags replaced, the rep put me on hold and called the dealer to verify her info.

      It turned out that we had had the first airbag replaced twice and we really did need the passenger airbag done. Props to Honda for making sure I was safe.

      Service shop communication isn’t always the best and the same dealer proved this again this year. They neglected to inform me that they had replaced the recalled Battery Sensor on my 2013 Accord Coupe. I found this out when trying to make an appointment for the replacement. I did this after failing to ask for the sensor at the last oil change. (They had changed the oil, done the sensor and not told me that they had taken care of the recall.)

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      It doesn’t help when your dealer is a jerk and won’t give you a loaner while they fix your 8 year old car, won’t guarantee that there are parts on the shelf until you get there, and won’t schedule the job so it can be done while you wait. They’re getting their day’s pay, sucks to be you.

    • 0 avatar
      Erikstrawn

      When the Takata airbag recall first came out, I immediately scheduled my Mustang and got it done. Then I got a second recall notice for the passenger airbag. I scheduled it and got it done.

      A year or so later I got another recall notice for the driver’s airbag – they’d replaced it with another Takata as a temporary measure until they got good replacements. I waited, and sure enough, another recall for the passenger airbag. I scheduled an appointment and got them both replaced.

      Then I got another notice. WTF? I’m beginning to think they’re using recall notices as an attempt to try and get me into the showroom.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Now might be a good time for Ford to offer-up a special discount to old Ranger drivers who bring them in for the recall to get a better price on a new Ranger. The timing just seems too good

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Seems like you could work with a motivated seller to split the bonus money on a trade in.

    • 0 avatar
      NG5

      That seems like a good idea, but I imagine one of the reasons they are so motivated to get the recall done now is so that they don’t have any negative publicity associated with the name around the time of the official release. I can imagine some pretty gruesome discount wording: “Your old Ranger might fire metal shards into your chest and kill you, so hurry on down and pick up the refreshed model!”

  • avatar
    millmech

    Too much safety
    Who would have guessed that bombs explode?

    • 0 avatar
      gearhead77

      You can walk away from a controlled crash, you won’t from an uncontrolled one.

      A defective part is a defective part. Airbags aren’t unsafe, just the affected ones. Yes, I’ve been in an airbag crash, I’m glad it was there, even if it hurt my arm and helped total the car.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    What concerns me is that by the published lists, my 2011 Ranger is subject to recall. yet when I look up its VIN, I get told it’s not subject to any current recalls. I hope the fact that it was originally sold in Canada doesn’t mean it’s going to be ignored.

  • avatar
    mikey

    I received recall notices for 08 Mustang for nearly 2 years after I traded it in at a Ford dealer. (Canada).

    I bought an 05 from another Ford dealer in February 2018..Within 30 days I received a recall order for that vehicle. Ford dealer, and Ford Canada tell me “no parts available at this time.”

    June of 18 the Ford dealer requests that I bring the 05 in. I made the appointment. By the time I went across the street and had breakfast, the work was performed. They even vacuumed the interior. I keep that car immaculate, somebody must of taken note of that.

    I have to say “it was a painless experience ” As a long time GM owner I can’t say the same about previous experiences with GM dealers.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      My local Ford dealer always washes every car that comes in for service, no matter how minor. It’s not much, but I think it’s a really nice gesture to give your car back to you clean and fixed. I’m impressed

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Hmmm… lost track of my 07 GT but my 09 GT500 shows up on an old Carfax account from time to time when a dealer services it and no mention of the airbag being replaced even though I had received a notice.

  • avatar
    b534202

    Is the $1000 on top of the rate they pay out to fix the airbag?

  • avatar
    gtem

    Jokes on them, my ‘94 that I just sold didn’t HAVE airbags :P

    • 0 avatar
      zipper69

      My ’94 is still plodding along at 117k – the headline did spark my interest since it seemed the only way I’ll ever get a reasonable price for the old warhorse!

  • avatar
    slap

    When my wife had her CR-V recalled due to the airbags I made sure she had it done ASAP because I figured that Takata was going to go bankrupt, and when that happened getting the recalls performed could be more complicated.

  • avatar
    S197GT

    I still see enough TDIs driving around that I am sure that a few of those people have no idea they are being bought back by VW.

    Most people I know, know very little about their vehicles and pay no attention to automotive news/updates/recalls until they decide to buy a different car. My wife being a perfect example. She doesn’t know when it needs any maintenance, like an oil change. She has a hard enough time realizing when it needs gas…

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Where are the sub_trolls and their ring leader DeadWeight to tell us how awful Ford is for doing this? I can’t believe the nerve of this evil corporation. I mean they are the capslock-required WORST and DEADLIEST manufacturer of so-called “automobiles” (more like rolling deathtraps and fire starters) in the history of the industry. Everyone hates them and always has. Nobody has ever had a good one that didn’t kill them at least 3 times a day, and don’t forget all those poor multi-millionaires who barely scraped together enough coins and pocket lint to buy an Explorer before it tried to murder their families 20 years ago because no other car company has ever had an issue with fires with a machine that regularly mixes a plethora of flammable substances with heat and electricity and is reproduced millions of times and is driven millions of miles. None.

    Also, has every one stayed below their comment posting limits today? We sure don’t want any overages.

    • 0 avatar
      golden2husky

      John, as a Ford fan, maybe you have had this: My 92 Sable began to make a serious noise in the front right. The wheel bearing is bad. I’ve never had a bearing go from quiet to major grinding (even minor smoke!) in 10 miles…is this a Ford thing or a freak occurrence? My past experience with FWD wheel bearings in Chrysler, Nissan, and Toyota products had bearings that slowly got loud over a course of a few thousand miles…

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        “John, as a Ford fan, maybe you have had this: My 92 Sable began to make a serious noise in the front right. The wheel bearing is bad. I’ve never had a bearing go from quiet to major grinding (even minor smoke!) in 10 miles…is this a Ford thing or a freak occurrence?”

        it’s a 26 year old car, what do you expect? Perfection?

        ball/roller bearings fail in two ways:

        1) if they steadily get noisier and noisier, then that means the balls/rollers have suffered surface fatigue and are pitted (causing the noise.)

        2) if they go from “fine” to “burned up” in a short period, that means they’ve lost lubrication. i.e. the seal(s) failed and let the grease out. or water in. or both.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      “Where are the sub_trolls and their ring leader DeadWeight to tell us how awful Ford is for doing this?…(continued nonsensical rant) ”

      God you are a sad and bitter little man.

      Obsess much?

  • avatar
    mikey

    @John….I’m a big DW fan. The Dude can throw , a whole string of coherent words together…He is most certainly an asset here at TTAC.

    That being said, your last comment, was well done sir !


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