South Africa’s consumer watchdog on November 29 slapped a 35 million rand (USD 2.3 million) fine on US car giant Ford after dozens of its Kuga SUVs caught fire without warning.

Following 160 complaints from consumers, the National Consumer Commission (NCC) said investigations showed that “a cooling system failure” was to blame.

Two years ago Ford was forced to recall 4,500 cars from South African roads. The vehicles were built in Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014.

The NCC said Ford would also offer 50,000 rand (USD 3,400) in compensation to each claimant.

S African consumer forum fines Ford for SUV fires 

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