Ford South Africa: Focus vehicles could suffer clutch pressure plate fracture
Ford Motor South Africa said that it has learned that certain derivatives of Focus; Kuga; and Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect with manual gearboxes could suffer a clutch pressure plate fracture, with the risk of fire. Ford commented that "Safety is always a top priority and we are acting quickly to address this issue. Ford is also working on a software calibration remedy that will detect excessive clutch slippage and warn the driver to take the vehicle to their preferred Ford dealer. When the software becomes available, Ford will notify customers. The software is anticipated to be available beginning in May. We want to reassure our customers that the affected vehicles remain safe to drive."