Ford has instructed dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the Mustang Mach-E, its best-selling electric vehicle, due to a potential safety flaw that might render the vehicle immobile. The issue affects approximately 49,000 of the 100,000 Mustang Mach-Es produced by Ford in Mexico and will likely result in a recall of already sold vehicles.
Ford has instructed car retailers to temporarily cease the sale of the Mustang Mach-E electric vehicle owing to a potential safety flaw that might render the vehicle immobile, according to CNBC. Monday, Force notified dealers that possibly affected vehicles include 2021 and 2022 Mach-Es manufactured between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022 at the automaker’s Cuautitlan plant in Mexico.
According to a Ford representative, over 49,000 of the approximately 100,000 Mach-Es manufactured during the period will be recalled. The possible overheating of the high voltage battery’s main contactors, an electrically regulated switch for the power circuit, is the source of the problem.
The issue can lead to a malfunction preventing the vehicle from starting or immediately losing power while in motion. The recall is just the latest in a long line related to electric vehicles including Tesla cars. Ford has issued a handful of recalls regarding the Mach-E since its launch, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website.
The recalls have related to a number of issues, from a software error causing unintended acceleration to problems with loose subframe bolts and inadequate bonding for thousands of vehicles with glass panel roofs. A Ford spokesperson said that the company submitted a recall petition to the NHTSA, which handles these matters.
Ford expects to have a solution to the latest issue in the third quarter, and Mustang Mach-E owners will be notified via mail after repair instructions and parts ordering information are provided to car dealerships. The Ford spokesperson added that the remedy will include a software update to the car’s “Secondary On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Energy Control Module,” and will be conducted remotely.
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