Ford Motor Co is recalling almost 16,000 units of Ikon and Figo because of a fire risk possibility. The models are located in South Africa and were built between 2004 and 2012 in India.
From Leak to Flames
“A power steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine compartment. It may also be possible for power steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system components, creating the potential for smoke and, in extreme cases, fire,” the company said.
Investigations disclosed that the fires were due to overheating due to cracked engine cylinder heads and oil leakage.
Vehicles Catching Fire
Also, this year, Ford South Africa recalled 4,500 units of Kuga SUV after reports that the vehicles were caught on fire. The automaker would rectify faulty steering hose. The identified units with damage were made at Ford’s Chennai plant (in India) back in the year 2004 to 2012.
Related to the incident, Ford would voluntarily inspect almost 40,000 Ford Fiesta Classic and Ford Figo vehicles for possible concerns related to the cars steering hose.
Ford Taking Responsibility
Through its dealers, the company will replace the steering hose of all affected vehicles. Ford guaranteed that there would be no charge for the replacement and labor costs. The Detroit-based company is committed to producing first-class and outstanding quality vehicles to its customers and recalling its units is part of its professional and steadfast relationship with its clients.
Back in 2013, Ford India also recalled a number of Figo and Fiesta Classic models to resolve faulty rear twist beam including the power steering hose. In November 2015, the automaker recalled, too, 16,444 units of compact SUV Ecosport in India to repair a part of the vehicles suspension known as the rear twist beam bolt.
Also, last year, around 42,300 units of the new generation hatchback Figo and compact sedan Figo Aspire were recalled to correct a software glitch that might lead to untoward incidents such as airbags malfunctioning during an accident or a collision.
Ford also plans to install a sensor to warn the driver when the coolant level falls.
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