Ford South Africa has told Kuga owners to check the tightness of their wheel nuts, the operation of air conditioners, and warning lights in the car as part of a “maintenance check programme”.
According to a report by BusinessDay, the Ford Kuga EcoBoost maintenance check programme was given to Kuga 1.6-litre owners – the model affected by a recent safety recall due to engine fires.
Over 50 Kuga’s built between 2012 and 2014 have caught alight in South Africa, with the problem attributed to engine overheating.
The programme instructs owners to conduct several checks regularly to “help reduce the risk of engine overheating”.
It tells owners to check:
- Vehicle coolant and oil levels
- Exterior lamps
- Interior lamps
- Warning lamps and indicators
- Washer fuel levels
- Tyre pressure and conditions
- Brake fluid levels
- Pipes‚ hoses, and reservoirs
- Air conditioning
- Parking brake
- Hooter operation
- Tightness of wheel nuts
An owner who received the checklist letter when she took her car into an Umhlanga dealership said she was “puzzled”.
“I don’t even know what lug nuts are. What does the air condition system have to do with the fires which have been occurring?” she said.
She said Ford did not explain how the checks related to the possibility of engine fires in the vehicle.