Ford Mustang has stopped selling on the Mach-e, withdrawing 49,000 EVs due to overheating

Ford has ordered its dealers to temporarily suspend sales of the Mustang Mach-E due to a potential safety issue affecting the batteries, according to a notice from dealers seen by CNBC.

In a statement issued Monday, Ford said the potential problem could affect more than new vehicles, including the Mustang Mach-Es, produced between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022 at its Quatillan plant in Mexico. According to a recall notice filed with the NHTSA, Ford has shared with Carscopes that the forthcoming move will affect 48,924 vehicles in the United States.

The problem arose due to the DC fast charging and the frequently open paddle event, the potential overheating of the Mustang Mach-E’s high-voltage battery main contactors. According to the withdrawal notice, excess heat can result in arching and distortion of electrical contact surfaces. This can cause the contactor (which is an electronically controlled switch) to be left open or welded off and this can lead to loss of propulsion while driving, which can increase the risk of accidents.

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The solution to this problem will be secondary on-board diagnostic control module and battery energy control module software update. Fortunately for the owners of the Ford and Mustang Mach-E, it is expected that it will be possible to install it next month with an over-the-air update. Ford says there is no open investigation with NHTSA regarding this error.

Ford has recently encountered a number of quality control issues with new vehicles. The Bronco’s long road to the customer’s driveway is slow and filled with obstacles that can lead to catastrophic failures, from roof to engine. The company’s CEO, Jim Farley, made a point that initial quality would be an important area of ​​focus for the company to move forward, although it continues to fight it today.

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