Ford SA has announced another fire-risk-related recall – this time on its entry-level Figo and Ikon models.
Owners of 15600 petrol-engine Figos and Ikons, built in India between August 2004 and March 2012 and sold here, received e-mails on Wednesday asking them to “immediately” contact a Ford dealership to replace their vehicle’s power-steering high-pressure hose.
“The hose may split, resulting in a power-steering fluid leak,” the e-mail said. “A power-steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine and it may be possible for power-steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system, creating smoke and, in extreme cases, fire.”
Globally, 16 of the affected vehicles had caught fire, a Ford spokesman said, but none in South Africa “that we are aware of”.
Diesel models are not affected.
Ford said there would be no charge for the replacement hose and labour costs.
Ford relies on its dealerships to provide customers with courtesy cars, but said “this cannot be guaranteed”.