Ford is once again facing a significant recall, this time affecting nearly 35,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles. The recall is in response to a battery problem that can cause these electric vehicles to suddenly lose power while driving.
Some Mach-E owners may remember a recall and over-the-air (OTA) software update from last year intended to address a similar issue. However, the latest recall will not be able to be completed with a simple software update but will require a visit to a Ford dealership.
According to the recall notice posted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website, Ford received 107 reports of Mach-E extended-range and GT vehicles losing power during operation following the software update. The underlying problem relates to an overheating battery contactor, a critical component that determines which vehicle systems receive power from the battery. Overheating may occur when the vehicle is connected to a DC fast charger or during rapid acceleration, known as “wide-open pedal events,” according to Ford. (via Automotive News)
When this issue occurs, the vehicle may either fail to start or lose power after displaying a “Stop Safely Now” warning on the gauge cluster. Fortunately, things like power brakes and steering will remain operational.
To fix the issue Ford dealerships will replace the faulty battery components on 34,762 2021 and 2022 model year Mach-E vehicles. Ford reports that there have been no accidents or injuries related to this issue.
You can read the full NHTSA recall notice below. Transport Canada has not yet issued a similar recall. UPDATE: Here is the Transport Canada recall.RCLRPT-23V687-1334