Ford recalls 49K Mustang Mach-E for battery safety problems

 Ford recalls 49K Mustang Mach-Es for battery safety problems

Ford is recalling some 48,000 Mustang Mach-E electric crossover vehicles due to a safety defect that could cause it to become immobile while in motion or fail to start.

Also, dealerships temporarily stopped selling the vehicles.

The setback comes amid Ford’s rollout of its mass-market electric vehicle that ranks second only to Tesla EV sales. The 2021 Mustang Mach E sells for between $42,895 – $59,900.

Apparently, some of these vehicles are malfunctioning because its battery high-voltage contactors are overheating. Specifically, the overheated contactor may open and lead to loss of power while a person is driving the vehicle. The automaker has concerns there could be a collision, but there are no reports at this time. Furthermore, the Mustang Mach-E may not start in the first place, according to the Ford notice.

As a result of the defect, Ford will recall 48,924 Mustang Mach-E vehicles that were sold in the United States.

The affected vehicles include model year 2021 and 2022 vehicles built between May 27th, 2020, and May 24th, 2022, at the automaker’s Cuautitlan plant in Mexico. Ford sent a notice to its dealers as well, warning them not to sell any Mustang Mach-E to customers until a software fix has been issued.

This represents roughly half of the estimated 100,000 vehicles produced during that time.

Highly Recommended

Meanwhile, the Mach-E recently joined Consumer Reports’ list of recommended cars, ranked second on J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Electric Vehicle Experience (EVX) Ownership Study, and was named one of the most satisfying electric SUVs to own. However, there are now a total of five recalls on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

Software Error — Unintended Acceleration

On May 13th, 2022, Ford issued a recall due to a software glitch in roughly 500 Mustang Mach E cars.

Improperly Attached Rear Seatbelts

In December, 2021, Ford announced a recall for seatbelts that were improperly attached may not restrain a person if there is a collision.

Windshield Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Ford together issued a pair of recalls for the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, and both have to do with improperly bonded glass that could fall out in the event of a crash.

The first glass recall was in September 2021, affects 17,692 vehicles and stems from windshields that were improperly bonded to the vehicle body at the factory. The fix for this is pretty simple: Your Ford dealer removes and re-bonds the windscreen properly.

Roof Glass Recall

The second September 2021 recall, affects 13,544 vehicles and stems from the Mach-E’s panoramic glass roof also being improperly bonded at the factory, though this is an issue of the factory not using enough sealant. This fix, however, is even more straightforward than the windshield recall because it involves Ford techs applying more urethane sealer, rather than removing the entire panel and re-bonding it.

Loose Subframe Bolts

There was a recall in March 2021 to fix vehicles with loose subframe bolts may have reduced strength and thus there is more risk of injury in a collision.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson

Did you purchase a Mustang Mach-E electric crossover vehicle with a major safety issue? If so, you may need help. Also, vehicles in the shop for 30 days or more may have a cause for legal action.

California Lemon Law Attorney James Johnson will review your case and let you know if it qualifies as a lemon.

Also, we recommend that you obtain an invoice for all repairs and recall visits from the dealership. These documents will support your potential case. Should the vehicle experience repeated issues or become a safety risk, these documents support the Lemon Law Claim. Contact us for a free case review at 1-800-235-6801.

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