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Barloworld recalls 28 Ford Kugas

SHARE   |   Tuesday, 24 January 2017   |   By Kabelo Adamson
Barloworld recalls 28 Ford Kugas

Barloworld Motors has initiated a safety recall of Ford Kuga, a car model which of late has been catching fire in the engine compartment due to overheating concern.A dozen of videos and photographs have emerged online showing the luxury SUVs being in flames in neighbouring South Africa where one motorist is said to have lost a life from the burning car.This week Barloworld Motors – a car dealership which sells Ford among other brands – said it has recalled all the 28 units it previously sold to customers as fears of the faulty engines capable of causing fire mounts.General Manager for Ford at Barloworld, Zachariah Kepaletswe, said they have recalled all the 28 cars that they have sold as a safety precaution to replace all the parts that have made the family SUV to catch fire.He said the motor dealership company was busy this week attending to all the cars and said 10 of those have been dealt with the aim to complete replacement of parts by next week.Kepaletswe said in case parts are not readily available here in Botswana, they will ground the cars until all has been sorted out and the cars are in good state adding that they would not compromise the safety of the customers.Though cases of engines catching fire are reported almost daily in South Africa, Kepaletswe said he is not aware of such incidence in Botswana where any of their Ford Kugas have caught fire.Kepaletswe said the car dealership was busy country wide attending to the Ford Kuga to avoid incidents where the cars which catch fire thereby endangering live of the motorists.The concerned cars are those that were built during the period between December 2012 and February 2014.it is claimed that overheating in the Kuga 1.6 model is likely due to overheating caused by lack of coolant circulation which could possibly result in cracks in cylinder head and oil leaks.Ford, a U.S auto maker, has recalled about 4,500 Kuga SUVs in South Africa where 39 incidents of such model catching fire have been confirmed.

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According to media reports from South Africa, weather conditions there which are similar to that of Botswana could be a contributing factor according to Ford officials.

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Reports indicate that it is not the first time that the auto maker has recalled cars as recently as October it recalled 400,000 units of the Ford Escape which is a U.S. version of the Kuga – also due to engine problems.



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