NHTSA opens question into Ford’s dealing with of Mustang Mach-E recall amid brandnew proceedings

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In a commentary to Automobile Information, Ford spokesperson Maria Buczkowski stated the automaker is “working with NHTSA to support their investigation.”

The June 2022 recall lined 48,924 2021-22 Mustang Mach-E cars within the U.S. that have been constructed from Would possibly 27, 2020, via Would possibly 4, 2022, at Ford’s plant Cuautitlan, Mexico.

The high-voltage battery major contactors in the ones cars may just overheat, prominent to a malfunction that would purpose the car to both no longer get started or instantly lose propulsion energy time in movement.

Ford deployed a device replace to observe contactor temperature and release battery energy to block injury to the contactor, and any other device replace to observe contactor resistance and release car energy to block additional injury.

Upcoming the recall, Ford additionally issued a technical provider bulletin to switch the high-voltage battery junction field at the affected cars.

NHTSA stated customers who skilled lack of purpose energy upcoming receiving the device updates additionally reported having the junction field changed.

One complainant referred to the device replace as a “Band-Aid.”

“I suffered a failure related to this post-recall and had a sudden and permanent loss of power while driving at Texas highway speeds (70 mph) in congested morning traffic. Fortunately I was able to make my way off the highway but other conditions could have ended up worse,” the complainant informed NHTSA.

“Software ‘fixes’ are not the solution and the actual problem of the defective parts need to be replaced in the affected models to avoid possible injuries and fatalities from these vehicles.”

Thus far this date, Ford has issued 38 recollects — essentially the most of any automaker — affecting greater than 4.4 million cars, in line with NHTSA knowledge.

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