Almost 8,000 SUVs recalled due to fire risk

ALMOST 8,000 Ford Kuga cars have been recalled due to a fire risk with the defect notice been issued just six days after 40,000 Ford Focuses were recalled due to a separate issue.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission issued the recall this evening stating 8,878 cars were impacted with models sold between December 11, 2012 through to June 18, 2014 identified as containing the defect in question. 

The issue has to do with the car's insulation catching fire. 

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"In the event of an impact which deploys the front seat belt retractor pre-tensioner, there is a possibility that the insulation material on the inner face of the lower 'B' pillar trim could be subjected to a concentrated heat source that could ignite the insulation material," the recall reads. 

"This could result in a fire. There have been no occurrences in Australia."

"Ford will write to owners of all affected vehicles. Until the Safety Recall Service is completed it is recommended the vehicle be driven with caution and at moderate speed.

"Owners are advised to contact their Ford authorised dealership for inspection and rectification."

For further information, contact any authorised Ford Dealer or Ford's Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.

News Corp Australia

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