Ford Mustang Mach-E: recall campaign for 50,000 cars

Ford Mustang Mach-E: recall campaign for 50,000 cars

Ford Mustang Mach-E

According to what was reported on the official Mustang Mach-E forum, Ford found a problem with its electric Mustang, a problem that forced it to start a recall campaign for safety reasons; Unfortunately judging from what was reported on the forum, at the moment there would be no way to solve the problem due to parts that are difficult to procure, but Ford has speculated to be able to solve through a software update.

In any case, for the moment Ford has stopped deliveries of the Mustang Mach-E to avoid further problems, while sales continue without problems pending the final fix expected in July.

"On vehicles affected by the problem, the mix between fast DC charging and deep acceleration can make overheating the main battery connectors, due to the high voltage. Overheating can lead to deformation of the contact points, damaging the battery and therefore the driving ability of the car, increasing the risk of an accident.

Ford is working on developing an OTA update for the On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Control Module for release next month. Alternatively, Mach E owners will be able to take the car to the dealership to carry out the update.

The vehicles involved in the United States are 48,924 "

Ford has already contacted all its dealers, requesting a stop to deliveries for all the cars produced between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022 at the Mexican factory in Cuautitlan; Ford has produced approximately 100,000 Mach-E in this time frame, but it is currently unclear why they are not all involved in the recall campaign.

Ford expects to have an actual fix ready by Q3 2022 , and for the moment we must limit ourselves to modifying the software of the car to avoid the problem.

Ford issues stop-sale of electric Mustang Mach-E crossovers due to potential safety defect

People visit Ford's all-electric SUV Mustang Mach-E at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, the United States, Nov. 22, 2019.

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DETROIT – Ford Motor is instructing dealers to temporarily stop selling electric Mustang Mach-E crossovers due to a potential safety defect that could cause the vehicles to become immobile.

Ford, in a notice Monday to its dealers, said potentially affected vehicles include 2021 and 2022 Mach-Es that were built from May 27, 2020, through May 24, 2022, at the automaker's Cuautitlan plant in Mexico.

Nearly 49,000 of the roughly 100,000 Mach-Es produced during that time frame will be part of a recall, Ford spokesman Said Deep told CNBC.

The problem involves a potential overheating of the vehicle's high voltage battery main contactors, which is an electrically controlled switch for a power circuit. The issue can lead to a malfunction that could cause the vehicle not to start or immediately lose propulsion power while in motion, the notice states.

The recall is notable, as automakers continue to have problems launching new electric vehicles. Ford, in recent years, also has experienced problematic vehicle launches, leading to high recall and warranty costs.

Ford has issued a handful of recalls regarding the Mach-E since its launch, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website. They've ranged from a software error causing unintended acceleration in less than 500 vehicles earlier this year to problems with loose subframe bolts and inadequate bonding for thousands of the vehicle's glass panel roofs.

Deep said Ford has submitted a recall petition to NHTSA, which handles such matters. The federal vehicle safety watchdog did not immediately respond regarding confirmation of the filing.

Ford expects to offer a solution for the problem in the third quarter, according to the bulletin. Mustang Mach-E owners will be notified via mail after repair instructions and parts ordering information have been provided to dealers.

Deep said the company's remedy will include a software update to the vehicle's 'Secondary On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Energy Control Module.' It will be conducted remotely, or over-the-air. Customers also have the option of taking their vehicle to a Ford dealer.