Johannesburg – US automaker Ford has paid out money damages to dozens of South African automobile owners after of its Kuga SUVs caught hearth on account of a producing fault, a client watchdog stated on Thursday.
The National Consumer Commission which mediated between the carmaker and customers stated out of 53 claims that had been lodged, 47 accepted a cost of R50 000 every.
Three others turned down the provide and opted to go to courtroom to hunt better compensation, whereas one other three claims had been rejected as a result of they did not “prove that their loss fell within the parameters of settlement agreement,” stated the patron fee.
“Ford agreed to pay each consumer R50,000.00 as compensation if their vehicle were distributed during the period 2014 to 2017, and that vehicle was one of the … Ford Kuga vehicles that caught fire,” it stated in an announcement.
The firm stated the fires had been attributable to overheating on account of poor coolant circulation that led to an oil leak.
The fault pressured Ford to recall 4,500 vehicles from South African roads.
The automobiles had been in-built Valencia, Spain, between December 2012 and February 2014.
One driver was killed after his Kuga caught hearth though Ford disputes it was on account of that manufacturing fault.
Separately, the automobile big was slapped with a R35 million ($2.3 million) fantastic over the fires by South Africa’s client watchdog final 12 months.