Back in June, Ford recalled the Ford Mustang Mach-E over issues with the battery contractors on the vehicle. In specific circumstances, the Mustang Mach-E would become immobile and essentially bricked.
In response, a group of owners sued Ford claiming that Ford knew about the potential design flaw and had not figured out how to fix it. Now, there is a second lawsuit, this time from Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP.
The new Mach-E class-action suit claims that these vehicles were built with a faulty high voltage main battery connector.
The suit also accuses Ford of:
selling Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles that were dangerously defective and prone to complete and partial shut-down while driving,” as well as knowingly selling the vehicles with this defect and shifting the risk of this problem to owners. The lawsuit is seeking repayment for owners, including out-of-pocket costs and loss of vehicle value. (via Ford Authority)
The current workaround for the issue from Ford is a software update to ensure the vehicle does not brick itself. If a connector becomes overheated, a service vehicle soon message is triggered.
This warning would allow a driver to drive the vehicle to a dealership for the update in reduced power mode.
However, Ford had yet to release a permeant fix.
The suit also touches base on this “fix.”
At best, Ford’s touted ‘fix’ is seemingly insufficient and ineffective, rendering these cars far from the Mustang name they were given, and at worst, it is only delaying the very likely potential that a sudden shut-off event caused by the Mustang Mach-E defect could cause a fatal crash. Mustang Mach-E owners are reporting terrifying events – complete loss of throttle at full speed on the highway, attempting to pass traffic with sudden total loss of power. We want to see Ford take meaningful action, fast.