Ford Motor Company South Africa has a huge burning issue with the 2013/2014 KUGA 1.6-litre EcoBoost models catching fire.
So far one person has died in a fire in a Ford KUGA and several people have had to abandon their cars as the vehicle stands burning on the road.
Many of these models have been left parked in driveways and garages as South African drivers now fear for their lives and the safety of family and passengers that travel with them in the Kuga. Those that do still drive them are advised to carry a hammer in case they need to break a window and fire extinguisher in their cars with them in case of an emergency!
At the time of writing, the amount of Kugas that have caught alight in this country was 45 and social media platforms such as FaceBook and Twitter are abuzz with owners and friends and family of owners discussing how many more of these vehicles will burn out before something is done about it.
Despite all the fuss on the internet and conversations surrounding the problem with the cars, so far there has been no official recall of the Ford KUGA, just notifications for owners to book their vehicles in at a Ford dealer for a maintenance check.
The fact that Ford have been so quiet about the vehicle fire issue has led to the Consumer Commission finally stepping in in an attempt to resolve this problem. An important announcement regarding the Ford Kuga fire problem is expected to be made on Monday the 16th of January.
Many South Africans feel that this has taken far too long to come to a decision, with one death already occurred as well as some narrow escapes and that the Ford Motor Company, with its “deafening silence” on this matter, has likely done its brand too much damage to now recover from.