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THE FAR-REACH­ING RE­CALL ef­fort in­volv­ing Takata airbags reached even fur­ther re­cently to en­com­pass 2006 Ford Rangers and both 2010 and 2013 Toy­ota 4Run­ners. Ford and Toy­ota of­fer an on­line VIN lookup ser­vice to help cus­tomers de­ter­mine if their trucks are in­cluded in the re­calls. In­for­ma­tion on all ve­hi­cle re­calls (in­clud­ing and beyond the Takata re­call) can be found at nhtsa.com/re­calls.

AT THE END OF 2017, FORD re­ported that it had sold “nearly

900,000 pick­ups,” ac­cord­ing to Mark LaNeve, Ford’s VP of mar­ket­ing, sales, and ser­vice. The brand cel­e­brated 2017 as the

41st year that the F-Series was Amer­ica’s best-sell­ing pickup.

OMIX-ADA HAS PART­NERED with the Austin Hatcher Foun­da­tion for Pe­di­atric Can­cer on a Jeep build to raise aware­ness and in­crease sup­port for its cause. With help from Truck ’N Trail­ers USA in Chat­tanooga, the Jeep parts sup­plier will trans­form a 2017 JK Un­lim­ited (do­nated by Moun­tain View Chrysler Jeep of Ring­gold, Ge­or­gia) into a tribute to the very rare 1971 Jeep Hurst Edi­tion Com­mando. Af­ter the Jeep makes ap­pear­ances at mo­tor­sports and au­to­mo­tive events, it will be auc­tioned off with the pro­ceeds ben­e­fit­ting the Austin Hatcher Foun­da­tion.

THE COLORADO OFF HIGH­way Ve­hi­cle Coali­tion re­cently re­leased the results of a study that shows OHV recre­ation con­trib­utes $2.3 bil­lion to the Colorado econ­omy. Nearly

200,000 Colorado and non­res­i­dent house­holds par­tic­i­pated in the hobby (which for the study’s pur­poses in­cluded ATVs, mo­tor­cy­cles, snow­mo­biles, and 4x4s) dur­ing the 2014-2015 sea­son, spend­ing some $1.6 bil­lion on off-road­ing trips. Di­rect sales of OHVs was es­ti­mated to gen­er­ate

$914 mil­lion, while more than

16,000 jobs are re­lated to the state’s OHV recre­ation in­dus­try.

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