The Ford Kuga has been the subject of a series of fires in South Africa, prompting the manufacturer to recall all 4556 units of the model as a precaution.
One man has died as a result of a Kuga fire in South Africa, according to the Sunday Times. The issue is reported to affect Kugas with the 1.6-litre Ecoboost petrol engine. ‘At least’ 47 fires have been reported in the country. Affected cars were built between December 2012 and February 2014, and have Ford's 1.6-litre Ecoboost engine.
The recall would check any Kugas to check for the possibility of a fire, and rectify any faulty parts which could be causing the issue.
Ford of South Africa has issued the following statement: "The current data we have determined that the fires are due to engine overheating. This is caused by a lack of coolant circulation which can lead to a cracking in the cylinder head and, therefore, an oil leak. If the leaking oil reaches a hot engine surface, it can potentially catch fire. We are not aware of any injuries resulting from the engine compartment fires.