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Family of Reshall Jimmy aims to take action against Ford

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The family of Reshall Jimmy, who was killed in a Ford Kuga 1.6 when it went up in flames, say they still intend to take action against Ford.

This follows Ford’s recall of over 4 500 of the vehicles on Monday.

Jimmy’s car was one of close to 50 of the models that have caught fire in South Africa.

Ford South Africa Chief Executive Officer Jeff Nemeth says Jimmy’s death cannot be linked to the mechanical faults of the car, as long as the case is still being investigated.

A Jimmy family member, who did not want to be named, says they are not satisfied with Ford’s actions, as the problem had already been detected in the US several years ago.

“I’m certainly not happy, and if you look at what Ford is stating… is the cause of this overheating… they established this in 2011 and concluded in 2013. Is the South African life not important that they can put a defected product in our country? They could have had a recall sooner. If they had a recall in 2015 prior to my brother’s death maybe he would still be alive.”

[Source: SABC]
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