Ford SA to recall Ford Kuga

Jeff Nemeth, president and CEO of Ford's sub-Saharan Africa region, said on Monday that it would not disclose the cost implications of recall programmes and was finalising the second phase of the fix.

Johannesburg businessman Reshall Jimmy was killed when his Kuga caught fire while he was on holiday in the Wilderness, Western Cape, in December 2015.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Pretoria, attorney Rod Montano said they had handed over the claims on Monday morning. They have established the Facebook page called "Ford cars burning" to create awareness and through the page have made contact with other victims.

Montano said the Jimmy family had instructed him to help George police investigate their relative's death.

The Jimmy family is adamant that every Kuga should be taken off the road, saying that the recall announced by Ford is not enough to ensure the safety of drivers.

Montano said he is now working through every case in preparation of a future class action against Ford.

Hattingh told Radio 702 that, in terms of the law, they can order a recall if there are reasonable grounds to believe consumers are at risk. I don't see very much of a difference of what they have done over the period of December. "These vehicles should be taken off the road".

Ford CEO Jeff Nemeth said on Monday that Kuga owners could bring their cars to their dealer for repairs and to have the onboard computer system updated.

The pursuit of greater justiceOn Monday the motor manufacturer announced a safety recall of Ford Kuga models with 1.6 litre engines and produced from 2012 to 2014 - Reshall's Kuga was a 2014 model.

Investigations have revealed that the fires were caused by overheating, which led to cylinder heads cracking and oil leaking.

Forensic investigator Dr David Klatzow, who investigated the issues surrounding Jimmy's death on behalf of the family, accused Ford of "shopping around" for an investigation report that favours its case.

In December 2016, the automaker released a statement after a Kuga 1.6 Ecoboost SUV burst into flames.

Ebrahim Mohamed, the commissioner of the National Consumer Commission, said a member of the commission's staff had drawn attention to news reports of consumers who had life-threatening experiences with Kuga vehicles.

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