Ford is facing a class action lawsuit from 20 Kuga owners, due to an alleged fault where the vehicle bursts into flames. This is according to a report in the Sunday Independent.
Ford South Africa told the newspaper that investigations into the alleged incidents are underway.
This follows BusinessTech’s recent report that Ford South Africa is investigating multiple incidents of Kuga models catching fire.
One of the groups reportedly involved in the lawsuit is the family of Reshall Jimmy, who died in December 2015 after his Kuga caught alight with him trapped inside.
The Jimmy family believes that a mechanical or electrical fault with the Kuga was to blame for the fire.
A recent incident in Cape Town mirrored that of Jimmy’s, when Vivienne Jordan said her Kuga caught fire while she was driving it on 17 November.
Jordan said she was driving when she noticed smoke coming from her dashboard. Her brakes then stopped working, before the front of her car burst into flames.
She managed to “grab her bag and laptop” and run from the vehicle before it was destroyed. Jordan’s case is due in court soon, after Ford “refused to take responsibility” for the fire.
“I had been negotiating with Ford for three weeks. I bought my car brand new. They are refusing to take responsibility,” she said.
The report stated that a fire investigation by Fire Wise Consultants in the US found that 139,917 Ford Kugas (2014 model) were at risk of overheating of the cylinder head, which could lead to an oil leak and fire.
This was out of 150,000 Kuga vehicles which were recalled in the States
The full report is in the Sunday Independent of 18 December 2016.