Ford cars not part of the recent Ford Kuga 1.6-litre safety recall have also caught fire recently, according to their owners.
TimesLive reported that the owners planned to join a class action lawsuit against Ford for the losses they had suffered.
The claims of the fires were detailed in a document given to the National Consumer Commission, which challenges Ford’s claims that only Kugas with the 1.6-litre EcoBoost engines built between 2012 and 2014 were at risk of catching alight due to overheating in the engine.
The reported claims state that the 2.5-litre Kuga and the 1.5-litre EcoBoost Kuga may also be affected.
Ford stated that the problem with its 1.6-litre Kugas was caused by overheating. This could lead to a crack in the cylinder head, which leads to oil being leaked, which leads to a fire.
The report stated that a 2.5-litre Titanium Kuga owner – Sean Thompson – said his car caught alight in September 2015 due to an electrical fault.
He said it was the same fault which caused the fire in Reshall Jimmy’s Kuga in December 2015 – which resulted in Jimmy’s death.
Thompson said Ford had “done everything in its power to deny responsibility”.
Ford has stated that only its 1.6-litre Kugas are affected by the recall, and other models are safe to drive.