South African watchdog fines carmaker Ford for SUV fires, Auto Information, Automobilnews
Johannesburg: South Africa’s shopper watchdog on Friday slapped a 35 million rand (USD 2.Three million) high quality on US automotive large Ford after dozens of its Kuga SUVs caught hearth with out warning. Following 160 complaints from customers, the Nationwide Client Fee (NCC) stated investigations confirmed that “a cooling system failure” was guilty.
Thezi Mabuza, head of the NCC, stated “this resulted within the autos being unsafe on the time of the fires.”
Two years in the past Ford was compelled to recall 4,500 automobiles from South African roads. The autos had been inbuilt Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014.
The NCC stated Ford would additionally supply 50,000 rand (USD 3,400) in compensation to every claimant. However customers who weren’t glad can be free to strategy the courts.
A kind of automobiles that exploded was pushed by Reshall Jimmy, who burnt to dying in December 2015.
In 2017 Ford stated it believed Jimmy’s dying was not associated to the fault.
Jimmy’s household requested a judicial inquest into his dying. The case remains to be being heard.
Jimmy’s household lawyer, Gerrie Nel, informed AFP: “We have now obtained beneficial cooperation from Ford in a few of our different issues” however didn’t elaborate.