Ford Motor Company has initiated a recall in the US of about 1.4 million vehicles due to faults.
The Director-General of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Babatunde Irukera, said this in a statement on Monday in Abuja, calling on Nigerians who owns or drive the Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ models of 2014 to 2018 to immediately contact it by sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
He said: “The purpose of the recall is that on some models, steering wheel bolts could become loose and cause the steering wheel to potentially detach.
“This could lead to a serious accident.
“Ford admits that it has become aware of two accidents and one injury that may have been caused by the problem.”
Irukera also said the specific Fusion versions affected were the Fusion S, SE, Hybrid S, SE, Hybrid Titanium, Fusion Energi SE, Energi Titanium, Fusion Sport, Fusion Platinum, Fusion Hybrid Platinum and Fusion Energi Platinum.
The director-general said the recall applied to every version of the Lincoln MKZ, Lincoln MKZ Premier, Hybrid Premier and Black Label.
He said: “In addition to the above, but on a separate note, Ford is also recalling another 6,000 Fusion and Ford Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate.
“The relevant model years are 2013-2016.”
Irukera said although the recall appeared to be limited to North America, the council was in the process of contacting local Ford dealers to verify the batch, lot or group of individual vehicles involved and whether any was imported to and sold in Nigeria.
He, however, said the CPC recognised that some of the versions of the subject models were unlikely to have been manufactured for possible export to Nigeria.
He added that considering that some could have been and proceeding in an abundance of caution for the safety of Nigerian consumers, Nigerians who owned or drove the said models should contact the organisation.
Irukera said: “The e-mail should include the specific model, year and version of the car, the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) which is located on the top left side of the dashboard and is in view from and through the windscreen of the vehicle.
“The e-mail should also include the name, telephone number and any other contact information for the owner or driver of the vehicle. The subject of the e-mail should be Ford 2018 Recall.”
Irukera added that the CPC would provide relevant updates, warning or advisories where applicable.