And again, a plug-in hybrid needs to be off the road: after BMW’s electric cars, it’s now Ford: the automaker is now stopping delivery of a hybrid model. And for good reason.

Dangerous Ford Kuga: delivery stop and plug-in hybrid recall

The delivery of the plug-in hybrid model Kuga stops: the fault is a fault in the high-voltage battery which has already caused a fire. All vehicles already sold must also go to the workshop. Portal writes 33,404 Kuga vehicles affected across Europe kfz-rueckruf.de.

Originally, the recall only affected some of the vehicles produced, namely models built before June 25, 2020. Apparently, this was not enough to resolve the technical issue: “According to the spokesperson, the current recall also includes compact SUVs that have already been overhauled by a Ford dealer, “writes kfz-rueckruf.de. At the end of August, a Ford Kuga caught fire while loading in Wiesbaden – according to the portal, a possible reason for the renewed and extended recall.

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The car can still drive

Vehicle owners can continue to drive the affected Kuga models, but only in “auto EV mode,” the portal quotes a Ford spokesperson. In this mode, the energy recovery generated during braking charges the battery – but only partially. However, customers are no longer allowed to charge their vehicle on the outlet or on the fast charger.

Anyone who has ordered a Ford-Kuga-Hybrid and now has to accept longer waiting times will receive a Ford service and accessories voucher worth 350 euros.

BMW also recently recalled some plug-in hybrids: a production error can lead to a short circuit in the affected vehicles during the charging process.

Thomas konrad
Thomas Konrad, GIGA expert for macOS, iOS and Apple hardware.

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