The Kuga plug-in hybrid has hit the headlines this month, as sales have been halted and investigations started into the battery pack overheating. It affects all cars made before 26th June 2020, and so our car has been ringfenced, just as a precaution.
I was first made aware that there was a problem a few weeks ago, as the Ford press office rang to say that they wanted to inspect my car for a possible problem. It took just a few hours, and all was found to be well. But a week or so later, another call came advising me not to charge up the Kuga, and to use it in EV-Auto mode only, which is the car’s default drive mode. The cause of the issue seems to surround a potential problem with overheating of the high voltage drive battery. In some circumstances, it could potentially result in a fire in the battery area, and this could occur whether the car is parked or charging. Owners are being asked to contact their local Ford dealer, with the relevant parts set to arrive this month.
We’ve taken the necessary precautions and are limiting the amount that we’re driving the car – hence the small number of miles this month – and we’re parking the car in the street, rather than on the driveway next to the house. If it was to combust, whilst not ideal, there would be no risk to the house then setting on fire. And far from being worried about recalls, I’m actually pleased that the car makers are continually reviewing the performance of their cars and taking action when they discover a problem. It’s better than a fault being known, being brushed under the carpet and injuries being caused. There have been plenty of cases in the past of this happening, but thankfully not anymore.
I’ve also spent some time in the front left-hand seat of the Kuga this month, a place that I try to stay away from as much as possible. I’m not a particularly comfortable passenger and I constantly worry about how close the alloy wheels are from the kerb. Grazed wheels are a particular pet hate of mine, and while there are times when a kerbed alloy really can’t be helped, some drivers seem to use kerbstones as a guidance system for heading forwards, my friend Matt included. Scrapes on the alloys can be masking all kinds of alignment issues, as a result of coming into contact with something so hard, not to mention the possibility of increased tyre wear.
A few grazes on an old car isn’t so bad, but on a new one, like my Kuga, it makes me sad. Thankfully, though, all four of mine are still in pristine condition. Famous last words and all that, I’m no doubt tempting fate now.
Date arrived 12th June 2020
Fuel economy 201.8mpg (WLTPcombined) 87.3mpg (on test)
Total Mileage 649 Electric Mileage 332
Love the door edge protectors that stop you from dinging the outside edge of your doors.
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