And the recall is still in its early stages.
Ford has instructed all of its dealers to stop selling the Ford Mustang Mach-E immediately. Ford's notice to dealers states that potentially affected models include both 2021 and 2022 model year Mustang Mach-E units. Those models affected will be ones built between May 27, 2020, and May 24, 2020, at Ford's Cuautitlan, Mexico plant. The NHTSA issued the recall on June 10 with almost 49,000 of the 100,000 Mach-E units produced in the above timeframe potentially affected. Per the notice, the problem involves a somewhat serious wiring issue within the Mach-E.
The Mach-E's main battery contactor could potentially overheat. In effect, these are the parts of the Mach-E that complete the circuit between the motors and batteries, as we understand them. Should they overheat, something far more likely in the summer heat, it could lead to a total loss of power while a Mach-E is in motion. Alternatively, the same issue could mean that current Mach E-units simply fail to start.
To remedy the issue, dealers will update the onboard software. Owners will be notified via mail by July 18. Naturally, this will be done totally free of charge. Alternatively, owners can contact the NHTSA directly.
To date, this will be the largest Mach-E recall thus far. Previously, Ford issued a recall for the EV crossover's front windshield bonding, affecting 17,692 units. The scope of this recall has already eclipsed that, despite the recall being in its earliest stages. As of now, it remains unclear whether this upcoming recall has been addressed at Ford's Cuautitlan plant.
The recall comes at a tough time for Ford, which has faced issues with Mustang Mach-E production, as well as numerous delays and production suspensions in light of ongoing supply shortages.