Due to a hardware problem, the Ford Mustang Mach-E in the USA is being ordered back to the workshop. The contactor of the high-voltage battery is apparently affected, which can apparently lead to a loss of engine power. About 49,000 of the 100,000 vehicles produced are said to be affected.
Ford Mustang Mach-E recall in the US
Apparently affected by the hardware problem are all 2021 and 2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E models produced between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2022, at the manufacturer’s factory in Cuautitlán, Mexico. That’s according to news outlet CNBC, citing a message from Ford to auto dealers in the United States.
Of the total of around 100,000 Mach-Es manufactured there during the period in question, just under 49,000 vehicles will have to go back to the workshop. The reason: the installed contactors can overheat if the car is repeatedly charged quickly or the accelerator pedal is pressed down fully too often.
“The problem can lead to a malfunction that ensures that the car does not start or immediately loses drive power while moving,” the statement on the part of Ford continues.
This is the sixth Ford Mustang Mach-E recall of the 2021 model, according to a listing from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The last time a software problem occurred was in May 2022, which could trigger unintended e-car acceleration.
Software update to remedy
According to Ford company spokesman Said Deep, the company plans to counter the new problem with a software update. This will also be offered as an over-the-air update (OTA) at a later date. Currently, however, affected vehicles still have to be updated manually in a workshop.
Whether an update of the “Secondary On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Energy Control Module” is actually sufficient here may be doubted, however. For CNBC further reports that Ford will write to owners in the U.S. as soon as repair instructions and information on replacement parts have been distributed to car dealers.
Ford said it expects to have a solution to the problem in the third quarter of 2022 to help stem the Ford Mustang Mach-E recall. According to NHTSA’s notice of the recall, notices to owners of the affected vehicles are scheduled to be sent out on June 18, 2022. By then, at the latest, there would be certainty as to whether one’s e-car is affected by the problem. The update will be carried out free of charge by car dealers and Ford workshops.
Meanwhile, the number of recalls of e-cars is also increasing in this country. Most recently, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 were affected by brake problems, while around 130,000 Tesla models had problems with the displays.