Ford fined for SUV fires in this country

Following 160 complaints from consumers regarding fires in Kuga SUV, Ford has been penalised.
By : PTI
| Updated on: 30 Nov 2019, 12:13 PM
Image used for representational purpose. (Courtesy: Ford UK)
Image used for representational purpose. (Courtesy: Ford UK)
Image used for representational purpose. (Courtesy: Ford UK)
Image used for representational purpose. (Courtesy: Ford UK)

JOHANNESBURG : South Africa's consumer watchdog has slapped a 35 million rand (USD 2.3 million) fine on US car giant Ford after dozens of its Kuga SUVs caught fire without warning.

Following 160 complaints from consumers, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) said investigations showed that "a cooling system failure" was to blame.

Thezi Mabuza, head of the NCC, said "this resulted in the vehicles being unsafe at the time of the fires."

Two years ago Ford was forced to recall 4,500 cars from South African roads. The vehicles were built in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014.

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The NCC said Ford would also offer 50,000 rand (USD 3,400) in compensation to each claimant.

But consumers who were not satisfied will be free to approach the courts.

One of those cars that exploded was driven by Reshall Jimmy, who burnt to death in December 2015.

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In 2017 Ford said it believed Jimmy's death was not related to the fault.

Jimmy's family requested a judicial inquest into his death. The case is still being heard.

Jimmy's family lawyer, Gerrie Nel, told AFP: "We have received favourable cooperation from Ford in some of our other matters" but did not elaborate.

First Published Date: 30 Nov 2019, 12:13 PM IST
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