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Ford South Africa recalling 15600 cars over fire risk

23 June 2017

The latest recall follows the recall of 1.6-litre Ford Kuga vehicles in South Africa earlier this year.

Thousands of Ikons and Figos were being recalled in order to replace high-pressure power-assisted steering hoses.

The motoring giant said the current fittings were prone to splitting, which resulted in power steering fluid leaks.

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Ford South Africa on Thursday announced another fire-risk related recall after reports that 16 of the affected cars caught alight globally with no reports in the country.

The fluid can result in fumes being emitted.

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Ford said there would be no charge for the replacement hose and labour costs. Vehicle owners were "respectfully reminded" that while Ford relies on its dealerships to provide customers with courtesy cars, "this can not be guaranteed".

Next month, Ford will invite 4,556 Kuga owners whose vehicles were recalled to have a sensor installed in their cars that alerts the driver when the coolant drops, The Times reported. Investigations revealed the fires were caused by overheating, which led to engine cylinder heads cracking and oil leaking.

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Ford South Africa recalling 15600 cars over fire risk