Ford has launched a safety recall for certain Kuga models in South Africa.
Ford SA and the National Consumer Commission announced the move at a joint press conference today.
The cars affected are:
- 4,556 Ford Kuga 1.6-litre models.
- Built between December 2012 and February 2014.
The Kuga 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre models are not affected, said Ford.
Affected customers can contact Ford to arrange the necessary repairs to their vehicles.
Ford said the engine fires necessitating the recall are due to overheating, which causes a crack in the cylinder head, which causes an oil leak. This can lead to fires, said Ford.
Ford said it has received a total of 39 Kuga engine fire reports.
The recall follows over 45 reported incidents of Ford Kugas catching fire in South Africa since December 2015.
Ford said the safety of its customers is its number one priority.