Ford SA issues safety recall for Kuga
By GIFT NDOLWANE
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – FORD South Africa is issuing 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.
With this safety recall, all affected vehicles, including those that have already been checked, must be taken to a Ford dealership as soon as possible.
Minesh Bhagaloo, Ford SA spokesperson says the safety recall comprises two stages.
The first stage involves replacing affected components on the cooling system, verifying and updating the software and conducting an oil leak check on the cylinder head.
The next stage will make the cooling system even more robust, and is likely to involve further changes to parts and warning systems.
“We are currently ensuring that the changes we make are complete and thoroughly tested – and will communicate with our customers as soon as this stage commences,” says Bhagaloo.
The official says the 1.6 Kuga is safe to drive, provided the integrity of the cooling system is maintained, and this safety recall has been actioned.
“Every effort is being made to minimize inconvenience, and reassure customers that their safety is our top priority.”
– CAJ News
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