Ford South Africa recalls Kugas due to fire complaints

Automotive - Mohit Shah - Jan 17,2017

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ford south africa recalls kugas due to fire complaints

Popular US car manufacturer, Ford, has recalled more than 4,500 Kugas model in South Africa as a safety measure after several dozens of them caught fire, as noted since 2015.

Ford has ordered recollected of its Kugas model for safety checks in South Africa.

According to Ford South Africa chief executive Jeff Nemeth, the investigations revealed the fires were caused due to overheating in some parts of the engine that led to oil leaks.

This recall affects Kugas 1.6 litre model that was built in Spain between 2012 and 2014.

Ford SA has been under serious pressure since motorist Reshall Jimmy was burnt to death while driving his Kugas in 2015.

A local newspaper, TimesLive, reported that a total of 48 vehicles have so far caught fire in South Africa‚ out of which 11 cases happened this month.

Mr. Nemeth said, he could confirm the burning of 39 vehicles, but there might be other cases which have not been reported to the company. He cleared that the matter has been understood by him and the concerns of owners and the firm would be managed with dealers to ensure every case is treated fairly.

Ford SA chief executive added the recalled vehicles would be sent for a software update along with a check on the cylinder head.

Mr. Nemeth said that an investigation regarding the burning of Mr. Jimmy's vehicle, while he was on holiday, had not been completed, however, it appeared to be unconnected to the engine catching fire.

Mr Jimmy's brother, Kaveen, stated that the family was planning legal action against the company for this “senseless death".

The commission has given Ford a time duration till 28 February to wrap up its investigation and address back.