Ford Kuga drivers fear for their kids' lives as cases pile up, says journo

At least 47 Ford Kuga's have reportedly set fire, with the most recent incident allegedly taking place over the weekend.

It is claimed that 11 Kuga's have burst into flames since the start of the year.

Reshall Jimmy was killed in December 2015 when his Ford Kuga caught alight and his family and other drivers have been seeking justice since.

Times senior reporter Graeme Hosken explains that a number of Kuga models are implicated, not only the 1.6 litre Ecoboost.

Hosken reports that, as early as 2014, Ford received complaints from insurance companies and fire investigators.

It's alleged that Discovery insure also raised concerns with them last year, but Ford did not take action or notify Kuga owners, he explains.

According to Hosken, Ford blamed it on problems with the Kuga's coolant system, yet some drivers with replaced coolant systems still had their vehicles catch fire.

The motoring company has also said it has run out of vehicle parts, urging drivers to set their cars aside in the meantime.

Meanwhile, Kuga drivers are fearing for the safety of their families.

It's a family vehicle (SUV), and lot's of people use it to transport their kids to school.

Graeme Hosken, Times senior reporter

We've spoken to many people who fear for their kids lives; that they can get out, but their kids can't.

Graeme Hosken, Times senior reporter

South Africans await the outcome of a joint press briefing by Ford South Africa and the National Consumer Commission.

Take a listen to Graeme Hosken on his coverage to date:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

South Africa awaits decision to recall Ford Kuga (or not)

Ford SA and National Consumer Commission are expected to hold a joint media briefing regarding the future of Ford Kuga vehicles.

Ford should reimburse owners of Kugas that caught fire

Ford should reimburse owners of Kugas that caught fire

CEO of Ditshego Media, Tebogo Ditshego, says Ford has been insensitive in handling the matter of Ford Kugas burst into flames.

Consumer Commission to make a decision on Ford Kuga

Consumer Commission to make a decision on Ford Kuga

Spokesperson for the National Consumer Commission says they believe consumers are exposed to potential risks in these vehicles.

Another Ford Kuga on fire in Alberton

Another Ford Kuga on fire in Alberton

Yet another of the beleaguered vehicles has caught alight this morning in Alberton while the owner was driving.

Ford remains mum while Kugas still catch fire

Ford remains mum while Kugas still catch fire

Independent Forensic consultant, Dr David Klatzow claims Ford knows the reason its vehicles have caught alight.

Ford's image could get burnt by mishandling of Kuga controversy - expert

Ford's image could get burnt by mishandling of Kuga controversy - expert

A man was killed late in 2015 when his Ford Kuga caught alight in the Western Cape and many others have since burst into flames.

When and how are products recalled?

When and how are products recalled?

Kieno Kammies looks at the processes of recalling products following recurring incidences with Ford cars bursting into flames.

Little being done as more Ford Kugas catch fire - forensic investigator

Little being done as more Ford Kugas catch fire - forensic investigator

Ford criticised for dragging its feet in taking responsibility following the death of Reshall Jimmy who was burnt in a Ford Kuga.

New investigation into deadly Ford Kuga fire

New investigation into deadly Ford Kuga fire

Reshall Jimmy's family believes the fire was caused by a mechanical or electrical fault with the Ford Kuga he was driving.

Popular articles
Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Here's how to check your load shedding schedule in Cape Town

Stage 1 load s​hedding has been declared nationally. The City of Cape Town has urged residents to take note of the schedules.

Man who dumped body of family dog in street demoted at top JHB law firm

Man who dumped body of family dog in street demoted at top JHB law firm

Media law guru Emma Sadleir warns employees online that there are many potential events that could bring a company into disrepute.

SPARK Schools provides Singapore-quality education for R19 400 per year

SPARK Schools provides Singapore-quality education for R19 400 per year

Our education system is poor, leading to a proliferation of private schools, most which are unaffordable even for the middleclass.

Get ready for another round of load shedding as Eskom workers shut down power

Get ready for another round of load shedding as Eskom workers shut down power

Eskom spokesperson Khulu Phasiwe says the power utility has instructed municipalities to implement stage one load shedding.

[WATCH] SPCA lays animal cruelty charges following violent attack on seal pup

[WATCH] SPCA lays animal cruelty charges following violent attack on seal pup

Video footage emerged on Facebook showing two fishermen brutally kicking and stabbing the animal.

[LISTEN] Wife of Siya Kolisi 'so proud' as husband Siya leads SA to victory

[LISTEN] Wife of Siya Kolisi 'so proud' as husband Siya leads SA to victory

The Springboks won a Test game against England on Saturday under the captaincy of Siya Kolisi.

UPDATE: Joburg man who dumped dead dog claims there were no vets nearby - SPCA

UPDATE: Joburg man who dumped dead dog claims there were no vets nearby - SPCA

The man has told the Sandton SPCA that he could not locate a nearby veterinary clinic in order to dispose of the dog's carcass.

Eusebius: 'Needing to know what happened before the Supersport video is BS'

Eusebius: 'Needing to know what happened before the Supersport video is BS'

Callers on The Eusebius McKaiser Show stand behind Ashwin Willemse who walked off the Supersport Rugby set on Saturday.