1.6l #FordKugas recalled

Ford South Africa CEO Jeff Nemeth says to date that 39 incidents of the vehicle catching fire have been reported to the carmaker.

Ford CEO Jeff Nemeth. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – Ford South Africa CEO Jeff Nemeth says that a voluntary safety recall for all Kuga's 1.6l vehicles has been issued and that the vehicles must be taken to a dealer as soon as possible.

The safety recall is limited to vehicles manufactured between December 2012 and February 2014.

Nemeth said, “We’re now announcing a voluntary safety recall for the affected Kuga 1.6. Our investigation has enabled us to narrow the number from the 6,300 to a 4,556 affected vehicles.”

He says that to date, 39 incidents of the vehicle catching fire have been reported to Ford.

The CEO says the cars which have caught alight have been extremely unfortunate and the safety of their customers is their number one priority.

At the same time, Ebrahim Mohamed of the National Consumer Commission says recalling Ford Kuga vehicles is in the best interest of all consumers.

Several Ford Kugas have caught alight during the past few weeks and in 2015 a man was killed when his car burst into flames.

Thirty-three-year-old Reshall Jimmy died in December 2015 when his car caught fire while on holiday in Wilderness, in the Western Cape.

Last week, a Ford Kuga caught alight when the engine overheated on the N12 near the Voortrekker offramp in Alberton.

The driver managed to escape unharmed.

At the weekend, smoke was seen coming from another Ford Kuga near the Buccleuch interchange with no reports of any injuries.

WATCH: Ford Kuga catches fire off Voortrekker Road offramp - video courtesy of Caxton