Randall Reed Addresses Texas Vehicle Emission Concerns, Provides Free State Inspection to Prestige Pre-Owned Consumers
Well Ahead of the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Garland Dealership
Remedies Vehicle Emission Inspection Issues
Garland, TX (May 4, 2010) – Well in advance of the recent action taken by The Office of the Attorney General and the Dallas County Clean Air Emissions Task Force, Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford Lincoln Mercury moved swiftly to correct issues with former employees who were engaging in improper vehicle emission reporting procedures.
“We were surprised to learn that some employees had engaged in improper reporting of vehicle emissions,” said Randall Reed, owner of Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford Lincoln Mercury. “When the Office of the Attorney General alerted us of this issue in September of 2009, we took immediate action. Not only did we immediately terminate the employees who were responsible, we made sure that policies were put into place to ensure that it could not happen again.”
In addition, Mr. Reed is inviting all prior Prestige Pre-Owned customers who purchased a vehicle from June 2007 to September 2009, to bring their vehicle to Prestige for a free Texas State Inspection to ensure complete peace of mind.
According to the Office of the Attorney General, improper emissions reporting practices began under prior ownership and management of Prestige Ford Lincoln Mercury. The Office of the Attorney General did not notify Randall Reed of the problem when Mr. Reed purchased the dealership. Instead, the Office of the Attorney General investigated the issue for over three years before informing Randall Reed in September of 2009. Furthermore, the vehicle emissions are reported on a State of Texas computer system that management could not access or monitor.
The Reed Family has zero tolerance for compromising on what they sell to the general public. “We pride ourselves on caring about our customers and the vehicles they drive away in from Prestige,” said Mr. Reed. “Upon learning of this, we began working with the Attorney General’s Office immediately to remedy the situation. Since that time, we have been in full compliance with the law.”
“Had we been made aware of these concerns when we were purchasing Prestige, or if we had a way to monitor the State controlled system, this would have never taken place,” Mr. Reed said. Randall Reed’s Prestige Ford Lincoln Mercury has been working diligently to make sure every vehicle is compliant with Texas and Federal vehicle emissions laws and safe for their consumers.
“With an issue as important as consumer safety and our environment, I hope the Texas Attorney General is more proactive in identifying violations,” Mr. Reed said. “Armed with that information, which helps to serve as a check and balance, we can then ensure that the best practices are being followed for our business, our customers and for our environment.”