Competition Commission moves to prosecute Ford over Kuga fires

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) says it is ready to approach the Consumer Tribunal to prosecute Ford over its contravention of several sections of the Consumer Protection Act.

NCC spokespersonTrevor Hattingh says following an investigation into Ford, it has decided to prosecute the company in connection with close to 50 Ford Kuga SUVs that caught fire in 2017.

Read: Exasperated listener (and Kuga owner) recounts shocking service from Ford

At the end of our investigations, we provided Ford with a preliminary report and requested them to respond. They provided us with a response but we were not persuaded by their response and we resolved to proceed to prosecute them.

Trevor Hattingh, Spokesperson - National Consumer Commission

A conviction could see Ford lose a large portion of its profits and according to Hatting, the most extreme penalty could amount to 10% of its annual turnover.

He says the matter will be filed with the tribunal in the next three weeks and the public will have access to this information.

We know what the scenario is. The public has seen what has happened over a period of time and we are just doing our work and we will prosecute in terms of the Consumer Protection Act.

Trevor Hattingh, Spokesperson - National Consumer Commission

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Competition Commission moves to prosecute Ford over Kuga fires


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