Krog was en route to work when he noticed smoke coming from the back of his 2013 Ford Kuga.
“I immediately became worried‚ because of all the other Kugas which have been catching on fire.”
“I was on the highway so took an off-ramp. As I slowed down I saw smoke coming from my car engine. I knew what had happened to the other cars was happening to mine and immediately stopped.”
Within minutes of flagging down a passing police officer and other motorists his car was engulfed in flames.
He said that when fire fighters had put out the fire‚ which entirely destroyed his vehicle’s engine‚ he was told by one of them that he was lucky to have survived.
“The officer told me that had the fire got to my cars electronics and I was still inside I could have been trapped as I would not have been able to open the doors or the windows.
“There is smash and grab protection on my windows so I would have died.”
He said he was furious with Ford.
“While the Alberton dealership helped me and came to see if they assist I am angry with Ford SA. I got an SMS in December that I need to bring in my car as soon as possible. In that message was an email address but since me emailing them in December to find out what to do and when no one has called me back.”
He said he had tried following up with phone calls to a number listed in the SMS‚ but had had no luck.
“I eventually phoned a Ford dealership Kempton Park when I returned to work‚ but they told me as long as my coolant level was alright my car would be fine. They told me they could only help me on January 18‚ which is next week.”
Krog said his guardian angels had definitely worked overtime today.