As reported by Mach-E Forum.com, Ford has recognized a problem with the Mustang Mach-E that guarantees a safety recall. However, there is reportedly no current solution available. The forum points to a lack of parts for the repair, although Ford also mentions upcoming software and refunded instructions. Meanwhile, Ford has issued a stop-sale of related vehicles.
Editor’s note: Ford provided the following details for clarification.
“Here are the main details of the recall notice we submitted to NHTSA, which should be on their website. Please note that there is no stop sale. The dealer can still sell. They just can not deliver the vehicle. No different than any other notice of recall of There is a delivery stop.
On affected vehicles, direct current DC (“DC”[ads1];) charging and repeated wide-open pedal events can cause the high contactors of the high voltage battery to overheat. Overheating can lead to arcing and deformation of the electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor that remains open or a contactor that is welded closed. An overheated contactor that opens while driving can result in loss of propulsion, which can increase the risk of an accident.
The solution for this program is a software update for the Secondary Diagnostic Control Module (SOBDMC) and the Battery Energy Control Module (BECM). Ford is expected to launch Over-The-Air (OTA) deployment to update SOBDMC a BECM affected vehicle software next month. Alternatively, owners will have the option of taking the vehicle to a Ford or Lincoln dealer to complete the software update.
There are no open investigations with NHTSA.
This action affects 48,924 vehicles in the United States “
Ford sent a message titled “NEW VEHICLE DISPLAY / DELIVERY STOP – Advance Warning – 22S41 Safety Revocation” to all dealers specifying that the 2021 and 2022 Mustang Mach-E electric crossovers produced between 27 May 2020 and 24 May 2022 at the car manufacturer The Cuautitlan plant in Mexico may be affected. This will potentially apply to all ~ 100,000 Mach-Es produced since the EV was first launched, although it is not clear how many are actually affected and will be officially recalled.
The Ford memo explains that the Mustang Mach-E is primarily high voltage battery contactors can overheat. If that happens, it could lead to “an open contactor or welding condition, “which can cause the contactors to weld together while the vehicle is in motion. Owners of affected vehicles may be alerted by a drive failure warning light the next time they drive, and Mach-E may fail to start. .
The vehicle can also display “Stop safely now” on the meter cluster, and a total and immediate loss of power may follow. Ford says that Mach-E simply stops. However, all 12-volt systems, including the power brakes and steering, should remain functional.
Ford does not expect to have a solution to the problem until the third quarter of 2022. Once the solution is determined and the parts are available for order, Mustang Mach-E owners will be notified by Ford via premium mail. The dealer bulletin reads:
“DO NOT DEMONSTRASE OR DELIVERY OF NEW VEHICLES IN STOCK INVOLVED IN THIS SAFETY RECALL. A complete reseller bulletin will be provided to resellers in Q3 2022 when software and / or parts ordering information and repair instructions are expected to be available to support this security recall. “
As car manufacturers move forward with new electric cars on brand new purpose-built platforms, it seems that such recalls are becoming more common. Ford has already recalled the Mach-E a number of times, as have rivals, such as the Tesla Model Y.
We contacted Ford for comment. If the car manufacturer makes an official statement, we will update this article accordingly.