Ford South Africa has commenced with phase 2 of its safety recall action for all affected Kuga 1.6 models, it announced in a statement on Wednesday.
The company requested customers to schedule an appointment with their dealer in order to have the vehicle enhancements completed.
“Our global engineering team has finalised the second stage of the recall, and South Africa is the first market to receive parts and implement Phase 2 of the recall,” said Casper Kruger, managing director, of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA)
“Accordingly, we have now begun rolling out the final recall and are notifying customers to make an appointment with their nearest dealer.”
Phase 2 explained
In Phase 2, new hardware will be installed, comprising a new coolant expansion tank with a sensor that monitors the level of the vehicle’s coolant, the company said.
“Excessively low coolant levels reduce the ability to keep the engine cool, which in turn, leads to overheating. The system will now warn the driver well in advance if there is a risk of overheating due to insufficient coolant in the system” it explained.
In addition, the vehicle’s updated software introduced as part of this Phase 2 action has the ability to reduce engine power, and notifies the driver to safely pull over if coolant levels drop below the minimum required level.
To accommodate this enhanced system, changes have been made to the routing of the coolant pipes, an electrical harness is fitted, and the software configured to monitor this new coolant level sensor.
An additional coolant pipe will also be replaced for added robustness and durability of the cooling system.
Ford SA faced heavy criticism over the course of December 2016 and January 2017 after a large number of Ford Kuga’s caught fire over the two month period.
Despite the significant backlash, Fords overall sales weren’t heavily impacted.