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2017-01-16 06:52

Jenni Evans, News24

KUGA SUVS ON FIRE: A screengrab shows a Ford Kuga on fire along the R43 close to Hermanus in the Western Cape. Image: YouTube

UPDATE: The National Consumer Commission has confirmed that Ford will recall thousands of its Kuga SUVs. Click here for the full story

Cape Town - The National Consumer Commission will brief the media on the controversial Ford Kuga  on Monday after several reports of the utility vehicles bursting into flames.

This comes after the automaker released a statement in December 2016 after a Kuga 1.6 EcoBoost SUV caught fire. 

It notified owners that it was investigating reports of engine fires in that model and asked owners to take their vehicle to their dealer for a maintenance check.

Engines overheating

The company suspected that it may be due to the vehicle's engine overheating but was still investigating.

In 2015 33-year-old Reshall Jimmy died when his Ford Kuga caught fire whilst on holiday. His family wants Ford to take responsibility for his death.

READ: Up in flames! Videos show Ford Kugas on fire in SA

Since then, Wheels24 has posted a number of videos online  purporting to show other Kugas also burning out.

The briefing, to be held in Pretoria, is also expected to be attended by Jeff Nemeth, president of the Ford Motor Company in South Africa.

The National Consumer Commission was put in place to ensure the well-being of customers.

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