Nearly 9,000 Ford Kuga SUVs recalled over seat-belt issue

Warming for Ford Kuga owners to take extra care

Owners of just under 9000 Ford Kuga SUVs sold in Australia are being asked to drive with extra caution after a potentially dangerous seat-belt fault was identified.

The recall affects certain Ford Kuga vehicles built from the 11th of December 2012 through to the 19th of June 2014 and is being overseen by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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The recall notice advises that in the event of an impact which deploys the front seat-belt retractor pre-tensioner, there is a possibility that the insulation material on the inner face of the lower ‘B’ pillar trim could be subjected to a concentrated heat source that could ignite the insulation material.

What are the hazards?

This could result in a fire. However, at this stage, there have been no occurrences in Australia.

What should Ford Kuga owners do?

Ford will write to owners of all affected vehicles, in the meantime, until the Safety Recall Service is completed it is recommended the vehicle be driven with caution and at moderate speed.

Owners are advised to contact their Ford authorised dealership for inspection and rectification.

Further information is available from authorised Ford Dealers or Ford’s Customer Relationship Centre on 1800 503 672.

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