First, their car was delayed. And now...
The stop-sale order issued by Ford a few days ago for certain examples of the Maverick and Mustang Mach-E is both frustrating and necessary. CarBuzz confirmed with Ford there's a defect on some rear seat belt anchorages which could lead to possible injuries. None have happened so far. That's the good news. But there's also an unintended consequence for Mustang Mach-E buyers whose undelivered vehicles have this defect.
The Detroit Free Press has learned there are currently 1,563 customers who planned to receive their Mach-Es before the end of the year, exactly one week from now. Those vehicles are now on hold at dealerships.
Assuming they won't take delivery by then, the $7,500 tax rebate they'd normally qualify for will no longer be available for their 2021 taxes. "We can understand customer disappointment if they may have been counting on applying the credit [on their calendar year 2021 taxes]," Ford spokesperson Said Deep said. "However, delivering vehicles with quality continues to be a top priority."
This does not mean this batch of Mach-E owners is missing out on the federal tax credit entirely. It simply means they'll probably have to wait until 2022 to reap the benefits. The Maverick is not eligible for the tax credit because it's not fully electric.
Ford also confirmed just 318 Mavericks are affected by the recall. Of those, only 145 have reached customers. Unfortunately, it seems the earliest Ford dealers will receive the necessary repair instruction and parts ordering information won't be until the week of January 3.
Now, if there are any Mach-E customers whose vehicles are currently parked at a dealer lot and think they can somehow sweet talk the sales manager into releasing it to them before Jan 1, think again. Dealers cannot report these vehicles as officially being sold until the repairs are made. Otherwise, they face fines of up to $21,000 per vehicle.