Ford South Africa has now issued a safety recall for Kuga models equipped with the 1.6-litre engine to address an engine overheating condition that could cause a fire.
A total of 4,556 vehicles are affected by this safety recall in South Africa, and were built between December, 2012 and February, 2014. Ford Kuga models with 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre engines are not affected.
The prestigious annual CAR magazine Top 12 Best Buys for 2015 saw the Ford Kuga chosen as the category champion in the Compact SUV/Crossover segment for the second year on the trot.
Upon receiving the 2015 award Tracey Delate, Ford Marketing Manager said; “This is proof that Ford has the right products for the South African market, with extremely competitive pricing matched to smart technologies, the highest levels of safety and quality, as well as environmentally compatible engines.”
In their statement Ford said:
We have investigated the incidents as they have been reported to us, removing many parts for detailed examination in our engineering facilities in Europe and North America. The data collected from the recent incidents and the maintenance checks we are conducting through our dealers have helped us to determine the root cause of the fires.
While we continue to investigate the Kuga 1.6 engine compartment fires, based on the current data we have determined that the fires are due to engine overheating. This