Ford will charge car owners up to R1199 to fix the Focus Ambiente and Trend models manufactured between September 2015 till now. This followed massive pressure from disgruntled clients who claimed to have been paying up to R5000 to get their doors fixed after a break-in.
The Star reported last month that some Ford vehicles were easy to access because the alarm did not go off, resulting in some of the contents inside stolen.
Ford spokesperson Minesh Bhagaloo said: “We have been testing various models within the Ford line-up to understand potential security vulnerabilities around the key-lock barrel. Only the Focus Ambiente and Trend models seem to be affected.
“Criminals appear to gain access to the vehicles by forcing the driver door lock to the open position. The upgrade will ensure that when the vehicle is opened, with a key or an object the system perceives to be a key - for example a screwdriver - all doors, except the driver door will remain locked, including the boot or rear lift gate.”