Ford has told its dealers to stop selling the Mustang Mach-E, recalling 50,000 units over a battery safety issue.
In a sweeping recall impacting 48,924 Mustang Mach-E owners with cars built at Ford plant in Cuautitlan, Mexico between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022, the Blue Oval brand has identified a safety defect that could cause the high-voltage battery contactors to overheat, and lead to a malfunction that could cause the electric vehicle to lose power unexpectedly— which, depending on where it happens, could be super bad.
It’s important to note here that this recall is coming from Ford, directly, and is not the result of an open or ongoing NHTSA investigation related to the issue. CNBC first reported the stop-sale and recall earlier today (14JUN2022).
A representative from Ford has been quoted saying that the “fix” for the Mustang Mach-E recall is a software update that the automaker expects to deploy as soon as next month. But, in a move that’s becoming increasingly rare in the EV space, the company seems to have indicated that this won’t be am over-the-air update. That means affected Mustang owners will have to take their EVs to a certified Ford or Lincoln dealer to install the update.
In addition to the recall, Ford has issued a stop-sale on the electric Mustang, according to a memo to dealers issued Monday and reported on by Automotive News. The hot-selling Ford F-150 Lightning pickup is not affected by the issue.
Since this article was published, Ford CEO Jim Farley has tweeted that Mach-E customers would have the option to update their software at home. You can see his tweet for yourself, below.
We detected the Mach-E issue on dealer demo units. We are addressing this quickly through a Ford Power-Up software update (at home or at dealership) to be as convenient as possible for customers.— Jim Farley (@jimfarley98) June 15, 2022
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SOURCE | IMAGES: FORD, VIA AUTOMOTIVE NEWS.