Johannesburg - Ford has warned that some Focus, Kuga, Transit Connect and Tourneo Connect models with manual gearboxes could suffer a clutch pressure plate fracture, with some risk of fire if it breaks up completely.
For obvious reasons that’s a touchy subject for Ford, so it’s acting promptly to address the problem.
Owners of the models affected are asked to take their cars to their Ford dealership for a diagnostic check to see if there is any evidence of clutch slip - which is apparently the first symptom of the problem. If any slippage is detected, the clutch assembly will be replaced free of charge.
Ford has also pointed out that if you feel any clutch slip on your manual Focus, Kuga, Transit Connect or Tourneo Connect, you should drive it gently to your Ford dealer and get it checked out pronto.