Yet another Ford Kuga has burst into flames, making it the ninth vehicle to do so since the start of the year – and the 45th vehicle since a similar occurrence took the life driver Reshall Jimmy in 2015.
According to the latest report, businessman Warren Krog was on his way to the Ford dealership in Alberton when his car started smoking and ultimately caught fire.
Krog said that he was unhappy with Ford South Africa, as the only communication he has received from them was an SMS in December 2016, asking him to take his car in for a service as soon as possible.
Follow-up queries as to how and why he needed to, were reportedly left unanswered.
Ford South Africa has faced increased backlash and criticism over its handling of the ‘Kuga-crisis’, seen as dragging its feet over the issue, and not urgently pursuing a recal
From Ford’s side, the company has said it cannot issue a recall without full understanding what is at fault, and its investigations are continuing. The company has most recently approached the courts to gain access to evidence in the Jimmy death, which the company says has been kept from it by the SAPS and his family.
Jimmy’s family have rejected this, however, saying that they had offered the evidence to Ford month ago, and received no further feedback.
Ford has urged Kuga owners to check with the dealerships to see if their cars are affected by any potential problems.