However, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) is warning consumers that installing those parts could have some potentially serious side effects. The automaker calls these aftermarket Raptor mods a “major safety risk” and potential hazard. FMCSA Managing Director Neale Hill targeted Raptor-style grilles and appliques in particular.
“The grille of the vehicle is carefully designed to manage the air flow characteristics through the radiator and engine bay, which is critical to the vehicle’s cooling and performance. An aftermarket grille could lead to increased air temperatures in the engine bay, which has an adverse effect on numerous mechanical and electrical components, dramatically increasing the risk of premature failure.”
“We encourage Ford owners to carefully consider any modifications they wish to do to their vehicles, and discuss this with a Ford dealer. We offer a range of Ford-approved accessories that meet the required specifications, and can be ordered as factory-fitted items, or professionally installed after purchase by a Ford dealer,” he said.
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