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Safety defect leads to Ford Mustang Mach-E recall plus stop sale

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Big news out of Michigan with nearly 50,000 Ford Mustang Mach-E recall issued as well as a stop sale on new models.

This recall of the Ford Mustang Mach-E represents nearly half of all Mach-E’s built from May 27, 2020, through May 24, 2022, at Ford’s Cuautitlan plant in Mexico. It will include 2021 and 2022 models.

The news was revealed in a dealer notice Ford sent to dealers on Monday, June 13, 2022.

What’s this Ford Mustang Mach-E recall about?

The problem with the Mach-E has to do with a loss of power while driving or stationary causing the vehicle to become immobile.

According to the notice, the problem involves a potential overheating of the vehicle’s high voltage battery main contactors. This is an electronically controlled switch for the power circuit. When this overheats, the Mustang Mach-E may not start and could immediately lose power while driving.

Ford says it has submitted a recall petition to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) starting the process.

According to the NHTSA website, this is not the first recall for the Mach-E with other issues ranging from software errors, loose subframe bolts and inadequate bonding for the vehicle’s glass panel roofs.

Ford says it expects to have a solution in the third quarter of 2022 and they will notify customers once they have repair instructions and parts.

A part of the solution will be a software update to the “Secondary On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Energy Control Module,” according to Said Deep, Ford Spokesman in a CNBC story. This update will be done over the air or in person at a dealer.

The bottom line

The newness of electric vehicle technology finally getting out to the masses will likely mean more hiccups like this in the future unfortunately. If you have a Mustang Mach-E, you’ll want to take this recall seriously and consider parking it until a permanent fix is found.

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Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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