Ford South Africa said Kugas powered by its 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine may be catching fire due to engine overheating. This is according to a report by Wheels24.
The report stated that Ford has asked local owners of the Kuga which has the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine to “contact their Ford dealer to request a further check of the maintenance items”.
This includes the coolant system condition and integrity.
“Ford is currently investigating reports of engine fires in Kugas equipped with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine in South Africa. While our investigations into the incidents are not complete at this time, we have found that the fires may be a result of engine overheating,” said Ford.
“We are advising affected customers to contact their Ford dealer to request a further check.”
“Dealers will check the coolant concentration level and for any leaks or damage to the cooling system, plus conduct static and dynamic cooling system pressure tests. This service is free of charge and will take approximately one hour.”
Kugas with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engines are not affected, said Ford.
The report follows multiple incidents of Ford Kuga vehicles allegedly catching fire and burning – including an incident which resulted in the death of Reshall Jimmy in 2015.