Ford has had to recall 48,924 units of its Mustang Mach-E electric model, which is about half of the model’s total production. The manufacturer has also imposed a sales stop on potentially affected vehicles.
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The problem lies with fast charging and repeated heavy acceleration, which can cause the main contactors of the high-voltage battery to overheat, resulting in a loss of drive power. According to Ford, they must solve the issue with a software update.
Update 05 September 2022
Ford issued another Mustang Mach E vehicle recall, the second within weeks. Certain 2022 Mustang Mach-E cars may have faulty right-rear axle half shafts, allowing the half shaft stem to break under load. 1,175 Mach EVs could be affected.
This recalls comes after the one described in June above, which was not even the first one. The NHTSA now shows three recalls for the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Last September, possibly improperly attached windshields and glass panels of the panoramic roof reportedly affected 38,714 Mustang Mach-E cars in North America and Europe.
Said story came with its own sense of irony. Darren Palmer, Chief Developer at Ford’s EV division at the time, had previously made fun of quality problems at Tesla, saying: “The doors fit properly, the plastics and other materials colour-match, the bumpers don’t fall off, the roof doesn’t come off when you wash it, the door handles don’t get stuck in cold weather…” Apparently, he forgot to quality-check his own cars.
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