Just yesterday, Ford South Africa recalled nearly 16,000 units of the Figo and Ikon models over a fire risk. All the cars were manufactured in India and were exported to South Africa. In India too, the American car maker plans to inspect 39,315 units of the Fiesta sedan and Figo hatchbacks, and carry out a similar exercise if needed.
The high-pressure power steering hoses of these cars were found to be rupturing. Such ruptured hoses could leak power steering fluid onto engine components, and in the worst case, could cause a fire. Here’s Ford’s official statement on this matter,
A power steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine compartment. It may also be possible for power steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle’s exhaust system components, creating the potential for smoke and, in extreme cases, fire. Ford remains committed to delivering world-class quality vehicles to its customers and this voluntary safety recall is part of that commitment.
So, if you own a Ford Figo or a Fiesta, you should immediately get in tough with your nearest dealership to get the power steering hose of your car examined. Meanwhile, India is yet to have a comprehensive vehicle recall policy framed by the government. The country currently relies on a ‘voluntary recall policy’ that an auto-industry lobby called SIAM (Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers) has frames for its members.