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Ford is recalling nearly 16,000 Indian made Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, a media report said on Friday.

The models were built between 2004 and 2012 in India, Ford said in a statement cited by Reuters.

"A power steering fluid leak could result in fumes being emitted from the engine compartment," it said.

"It may also be possible for power steering fluid to come into contact with the vehicle's exhaust system components, creating the potential for smoke and, in extreme cases, fire."

Earlier this year in South Africa Ford recalled 4,500 Kuga SUVs following dozens of reports of the vehicles catching fire, Reuters noted.

Ford India in 2012 updated its 'emerging markets' Figo based on the previous generation European Fiesta hatchback.

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Detail changes include a new front fascia with hexagonal grille, redesigned head and tail lamps, a second new instrument panel colour, 'riviera blue', a new blue seat fabric and steering column audio controls. New yellow and blue exterior colours were introduced.

Engines were recalibrated for improved performance and door sealing updated to reduce NVH.

Ford India had at the time sold about 235,000 units in India and export markets, mainly in Africa. Sales later topped 300,000.