Ford Kuga recall spreads to Australia

The Australian media is reporting that Ford is recalling almost 5,000 vehicles in the country after several have burst into flames.

According to, 4,450 Ford Kuga SUVs, along with 400 Fiesta ST hatchbacks will be recalled – they both have the same 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine.

“We are aware of 7 reports of fire associated with this issue in Australia. No injuries have been reported,” Ford reportedly said in a statement.

The latest setback for Ford comes after Ford South Africa president and CEO Jeff Nemeth been recalled to the US following a massive Ford Kuga recall in South Africa in January.

To make matters worse, the Sunday Times reported that Auto & General and Dialdirect planned to take legal action against the US auto maker following three Ford EcoSport SUVs bursting into flames.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, the insurance companies settled three claims from local EcoSport owners whose cars caught fire.

The EcoSport fires took place in May and July 2016, and February 2017, stated the report.

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Ford Kuga recall spreads to Australia