Ford has recalled almost 5000 vehicles in Australia fitted with its EcoBoost engines, due to the risk of an engine fire.
The problem has reared its head in various Ford models around the world, causing the global carmaker to act.
Affected Kuga models were built between December 2012 and July 2014, while Fiesta STs on the recall list were made between March 2013 and November 2014. All are fitted with the 1.6 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol engine.
The problems stem from a lack of coolant circulation around the cylinder head, which may lead to localised overheating.
Should the cylinder head crack, leaking oil may make contact with the hot exhaust system, causing a fire in extreme circumstances.
Ford said it is working with suppliers to fast-track the necessary parts to perform the recall, but until such time, owners should ensure the cooling system has the correct amount of fluid (refer owner’s manual).
Also, should any owner notice a coolant leak or overheating symptoms, Ford urges an appointment with one of its authorised service dealers as soon as possible for diagnosis.
Ford will attempt to contact affected owners once the necessary parts become available, but any owner wishing to learn more about the latest round of recalls should contact their local dealer or phone Ford Australia on 1800 503 672.
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