More vehicles recalled by Ford correct issues
The company said it is proactively recalling the vehicles to correct the issue.
SOUTH CAPE Ford has announced that it is voluntarily recalling Ikon models built between August 2004 and March 2012 and Figo vehicles built between January 2009 and March 2012 to replace high pressure power assisted steering hoses, which may split, resulting in a power steering fluid leak.
The vehicles were built in India. “A power steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine compartment. It may also be possible for power steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system components, creating the potential for smoke and, in extreme cases, fire,” according to the statement from Ford.
The company said it is proactively recalling the vehicles to correct the issue. Customers will be contacted to advise them of the recall and corrective action. The manufacturer also says it remains committed to delivering worldclass vehicles to customers as indicated by the voluntary safety recall. Customers with any concerns or queries are encouraged to contact their nearest dealer or the Ford Customer Service line on 0860 011 022 or by e-mail to CRC3@ford.com.
Media reports calculated that 15 600 petrol-engine Figos and Ikons sold in South Africa were affected and received e-mails last week advising them to contact their Ford dealerships. Diesel models are not affected. Globally, 16 of the affected vehicles had caught fire, a Ford spokesman said. None of these were in South Africa as far as the company was aware. Ford confirmed there will be no charge for the replacement hose and labour costs. The process should take less than a day‚ but could take longer depending on service scheduling.
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