Ford re­calls Ikons and Fi­gos in South Africa

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - BER­NADETTE WOLHUTER

FORD South Africa has is­sued yet an­other re­call – this time, the mo­tor­ing gi­ant is ask­ing own­ers of Ikons and Fi­gos to have their cars checked.

The lat­est re­call has been caused by a “high­pres­sure hose leak”.

“On your ve­hi­cle, the power-as­sisted steer­ing (PAS) high-pres­sure hose could split, re­sult­ing in a power-steer­ing fluid leak. 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 po­ten­tial for smoke and, in ex­treme cases, fire,” the com­pany said.

Spokesper­son Mi­nesh Bha­ga­loo said this was a “vol­un­tary safety re­call” and that Ikons built between Au­gust 9, 2004 and March 24, 2012 as well as Fi­gos built in In­dia between Jan­uary 13, 2009 and March 24, 2012 were af­fected.

“Ford is proac­tively re­call­ing the ve­hi­cles to cor­rect the is­sue and will be con­tact­ing cus­tomers to ad­vise them of the re­call and cor­rec­tive ac­tion,” he said.

In Jan­uary, footage emerged of a Figo ablaze at a Medi­Clinic in Mbombela. This hap­pened days af­ter Ford SA is­sued a re­call of its Ku­gas – equipped with the 1.6-litre en­gine and built between De­cem­ber 2012 and Fe­bru­ary 2014 – due to en­gine over­heat­ing prob­lems. That re­call came in the wake of many re­ports of Ku­gas catch­ing fire – in­clud­ing one be­long­ing to Re­shall Jimmy, who died in the blaze.

In March, Ford SA also ex­panded that re­call to in­clude more than 1 000 Fi­esta STs with 1.6-litre en­gines – made between Septem­ber 2012 and De­cem­ber 2014 – for the same rea­son it had re­called the Ku­gas. The Figo has also been re­called be­fore – in 2012 – for sim­i­lar rea­sons to those for which it is be­ing re­called now.

Dur­ban’s Veron­ica McGre­gor, who was among those to re­ceive an email, said she was ir­ri­tated.

“We have two Fords and this is the sec­ond time we’ve had to take the Figo in,” she said. “I just feel like I’ll never buy an­other Ford again – not with all th­ese prob­lems.”

Bha­ga­loo said if cus­tomers had con­cerns, they could con­tact their near­est dealer or Ford Cus­tomer Ser­vice di­rectly at 0860 011 022 or CRC3@ford.com

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