Smacktalk is all fine and well until you become a hypocrite.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E is Ford's first dedicated battery-electric vehicle, and it has proven to be a massive success. Not only is this car breaking world records for all kinds of reasons, but it also has a waiting list a mile long. Now that deliveries of the Mach-E GT have begun, Ford surely has its hands full keeping its fans happy, and the last thing they need is a quality or reliability issue. Unfortunately, that's exactly what has happened: Ford has had to issue a recall of Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs in Canada due to a potential issue with the glass roof and windshield falling off.
"On certain vehicles, the glass panel of the panoramic sunroof may not be properly attached. Over time, the glass could become loose and separate from the vehicle," Ford said of the recall. The recall will affect 1,812 2021 Mustang Mach-Es in Canada and another 3,178 Mach- Es where only the windshield could come off. "On certain vehicles, the windshield may not be properly attached. As a result, the glass can become loose and could separate from the vehicle in a crash," said the manufacturer.
The recall seems to be limited to Canada for now, despite the fact that all cars are produced at the same factory in Mexico, but batch deliveries mean that the issue could have been limited to these specific cars destined for Canada, limiting the fallout in the US.
Recalls are par for the course when a new vehicle is launched. Teething problems, we call them. But in this case, the recall is highly embarrassing. Last year, Ford subtly smacktalked Tesla over the quality of its cars, particularly referencing an incident where a Tesla Model Y's glass roof fell off on the highway. Darren Palmer, head of development for Ford and Lincoln's battery-electric vehicles spoke of the Mustang Mach-E shortly thereafter, saying, "The doors fit properly, the plastics and other materials color-match, the bumpers don't fall off, the roof doesn't come off when you wash it, the door handles don't get stuck in cold weather…" Palmer may want to revisit those comments now...