Ford India has made a voluntary recall for Fiesta Classic and previous-generation Figo. The recall will rectify 39,315 units of the vehicles. Ford will fix faulty power steering hose in the recalled cars.
The affected vehicles were made at Ford’s Chennai plant between 2004 and 2012. A day before, Ford South Africa also issued a recall for 15,600 units of the same models which were exported from India.
“Ford India is voluntarily inspecting 39,315 Ford Fiesta Classic and previous-generation Ford Figo vehicles, made at the company’s Chennai plant between 2004 and 2012, for a potential concern related to high-pressure power assisted steering hose. Ford India, through its dealers, will replace the high-pressure power assisted steering hose on all affected vehicles. Ford remains committed to delivering world-class quality vehicles to its customers and this voluntary safety recall is part of that commitment.” Said the company in a statement.
The dealerships across India will replace the power steering hose on all the affected vehicles. The faulty hose can otherwise breakdown due to high pressure and the leaking fluid can come in contact with the hot exhaust system, which can, in turn, cause a fire.
Ford has sent emails to the owners of the affected vehicles to bring their vehicles to the dealerships immediately to replace the hose. Only the petrol models are affected with the faulty hose pipes. The diesel vehicles do not need to be addressed during the recall. Till now, there have been reports of 16 cases where Ford vehicles have caught fire due to the faulty system.
The hose pipe replacement service will be free of charge or labour cost. The dealerships should take less than a day to replace the faulty part. Prior appointments can also be taken for a better experience.
Ford India recalled 42,300 units of the new generation Figo and Figo Aspire to fix a software glitch that could have caused airbags to malfunction during an accident.