Ford re­calls mod­els due to fire risk

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - SAMEER NAIK

FORD South Africa has an­nounced an­other fire risk-re­lated re­call, this time on its en­try-level Fi­gos and Ikons, and the own­ers of 15 600 petrol-en­gined mod­els have been emailed about “im­me­di­ately” con­tact­ing a Ford deal­er­ship.

Th­ese mod­els were built in In­dia be­tween Au­gust 2004 and March 2012, and own­ers were asked on Wed­nes­day to con­tact a deal­er­ship to re­place the power steer­ing high-pres­sure hose.

“Ford is vol­un­tar­ily re­call­ing th­ese ve­hi­cles to re­place the high pres­sure power-as­sisted steer­ing hose, which may split, re­sult­ing in a power steer­ing fluid leak,” said Ford spokesper­son Mi­nesh Bha­ga­loo.

The 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.”

Glob­ally‚ 16 ve­hi­cles caught fire. How­ever, none was in SA, ac­cord­ing to Ford SA.

Ear­lier this year, a Figo caught fire in Nel­spruit. How­ever, Ford said it was un­sure whether the in­ci­dent was di­rectly re­lated to is­sues re­lated to the re­call.

Ford has faced a back­lash in re­cent months af­ter nearly 50 Kuga SUVs caught fire. In De­cem­ber 2015, Re­shall Jimmy burnt to death when the Kuga he was driv­ing caught alight.

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