Ford Recalls Mustang Mach-E for Battery Issues After Wide-Open Throttle Runs and DC Fast-Charging
The Ford Mustang Mach-E has had some weird recalls in its short time on sale, including one for the glass roof, which could separate and fly off while driving. Its most recent recall is also weird, but it’s also a little embarrassing: The electric SUV could experience a component failure in its battery pack that occurs while DC fast charging or romping on the accelerator.
Ford recalled almost 35,000 2021 and 2022 Mustang Mach-Es equipped with the extended-range battery for the issue. Recall documentation states that DC fast charging and “repeated wide open pedal events” could overheat the high-voltage battery main contactors, causing them to deform and arc. That could cause a loss of power and increase the risk of a crash.
The paperwork noted that the Mach-E’s “high voltage battery bussed electrical center main contactor design and part-to-part variation is not robust to heat generated from multiple wide-open pedal and DC fast charge events.
This is the second recall action related to the problem, as Ford issued a software update to address it in 2022. However, some Mach-Es may have already had damage that happened before the update, which reduced its effectiveness.
Dealers will inspect the Mach-E and replace the bussed electrical center for free. Owner notification should take place by the end of October. The real issue is replacement time and labor, as some Mach-E forum members note that replacing the component requires dropping the battery, which could extend labor times to 25 hours or more.
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