Ford South Africa has blamed overheating in the engine compartment for starting fires in some of its Kuga vehicles.
The motor giant says the recall will affect the 1.6 litre Ford Kuga built in late 2012 to early 2014.
They have ask owners to take their vehicles to a Ford dealership to replace faulty and dangerous parts.
But the company won’t reveal how it plans to deal with owners of burnt vehicles, or motorists too scared to drive them.
“We are going to communicate with them – these are our customers,” said Ford CEO Jeff Nemeth.
“We are going to make sure to listen to what they have to say. We are also going to work with our dealers – as we always do – to make sure our customers are taken care of.”
Meanwhile, the family of a man who died when his Ford Kuga ignited say the company’s safety recall is too little, too late.
Reshall Jimmy’s car caught alight in December 2015.
Ford said Jimmy’s case is being dealt with separately, because the cause of that fire has not yet been determined.
The family will outline their next step at a briefing on Tuesday.