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Ford Kuga Inquest Continues

The inquest into Reshall Jimmy’s death continued on Monday, which was set at trying to establish whether the man’s fiery end was the fault of Ford.

John Loud, an American forensic expert, testified for the motoring giant that they were not to blame.

After Jimmy’s death, Ford recalled around 4,000 Kugas when more fires erupted. Loud compiled a report following his probe into Jimmy’s Ford Kuga and the night it caught alight.

He had previously advised companies on flammable products, including electronic cigarettes and Samsung Galaxy Note 7s.

Loud is disputing a claim made by  Jimmy’s family’s private forensic investigator that the fire started in the passenger compartment. Jimmy’s younger sister, Renisha, had asked AfriForum’s advocate Gerrie Nel, to represent the family after an initial request to have the inquest heard in court was denied. She says the family hopes the truth will prevail.

Jimmy died after he was trapped in his 2014 Kuga which caught alight while he was on holiday in the Wilderness, Western Cape, in December 2015.

On 16 January 2017, Ford South Africa issued a safety recall for Kuga models equipped with the 1.6-litre engine to address an engine overheating condition that could cause a fire.

According to the motor dealership, a total of 4,556 vehicles built between December 2012 and February 2014 were affected by this safety recall.

The inquest resumes on Tuesday.

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