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Ford issues notice for potential clutch pressure plate fire


Ford Motor Company South Africa has urged drivers of certain manual Focus, Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect models to schedule an appointment with their nearest dealer as a precautionary measure in light of an alleged clutch pressure plate fracture that could lead to a potential fire.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the automaker said vehicles affected include 1.0 and 1.5 Focus EcoBoosts produced between August 2012-June 2016, Kuga 1.5 and 1.6 EcoBoost models made from August 2011-June 2016 and 1.0 EcoBoost Transit / Tourneo Connect derivates manufactured from August 2012-June 2016.

"Should there be any evidence of clutch slippage the clutch assembly will be replaced. Any action carried out on affected vehicles will be free of charge," the statement read.

The Blue Oval, however, stated that is developing software to detect clutch slippage that will be available at the beginning of May of this year, and which will "warn the driver to take the vehicle to their preferred Ford dealer. When the software becomes available, Ford will notify customers".

"We want to reassure our customers that the affected vehicles remain safe to drive. Customers with concerns can contact a Ford dealer or Ford Customer Service at 0860 011 022 or," it concluded. 

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