Ford SA has announced that it is issuing a recall of some 4 556 of its Kuga models over to address an engine overheating condition that could cause a fire.
This follows Ford SA’s investigation to the incidents as they have been reported to them, prompting Ford to remove many parts for detailed examination in their engineering facilities in Europe and North America. While Ford continues to investigate the Kuga 1.6 engine compartment fires, based on the current data they have determined that the fires are due to engine overheating. This is caused by a lack of coolant circulation which can lead to a cracking in the cylinder head and, therefore, an oil leak. If the leaking oil reaches a hot engine surface, it can potentially catch fire.
If you’re a Kuga owner/driver and you suspect your Kuga might be affected, here’s what you should do;
- Take your vehicle to a Ford dealership as soon as possible. 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.
- If any Kuga 1.6 owner sees any indication that the engine may be overheating or experiences warnings on the instrument cluster, they should pull over as soon as it is safe to do so, switch off the engine and ensure all occupants are safely out of the vehicle. For safety reasons, the bonnet must not be opened.
- The emergency services should be called first, if required, then Ford’s Roadside Assistance on 0861 150 250. Supported through the AA, this service is available 24/7
- Should a customer experience any engine overheating problem with their 1.6 Kuga, or delays in the repair due to a shortage of parts, arrangements will be made through the nearest Ford dealer and Ford Customer Service to provide a courtesy car while the vehicle is repaired.
Ford said in a statement issued that they are not aware of any injuries resulting from the engine compartment fires.