Fifty-six people have been paid R50,000 each as part of a deal stemming from the Ford Kuga fire saga. “Ford Motor Company of South Africa acknowledges that it is liable for the harm. It has offered to pay a sum of R50,000 to the each of those consumers who are owners of the vehicles which combusted.”
The company issued a recall in 2017, which affected about 7,000 vehicles following several incidents where the SUVs caught fire. The defective cars started making headlines when Reshall Jimmy was found burnt to death in his Kuga in the Western Cape in 2015.
The carmaker was last year fined R35 million by the Consumer Commission following a lengthy negotiation process.
The commission’s Joseph Silolo said that the money had been paid to owners who could prove that there were defects.
“There are those that claimed who managed to prove and they received the full amount. There are those who claimed but could partially prove and they received a partial claim and there are those that could not prove and obviously they did not get.”