Ford has told its dealers to stop selling Mustang Mach-E crossovers and cited a possible safety risk that could render the vehicles immobile.
CNBC reports affected vehicles were built at Ford’s Cuautitlan plant in Mexico and include 2021 and 2022 Mach-Es produced between May 27, 2020 and May 24, 2022. Therefore, approximately 49,000 of the automaker’s some 100,000 Mach-Es made in that span will be recalled.
The problem is in the vehicle’s high voltage battery main contactors, which could potentially overheat and result in a malfunction that causes the car not to start or lose propulsion power while in motion.
This hiccup is not the Mach-E’s first since it went on sale in 2020. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) website shows six recalls the vehicle has suffered, including a software error that could cause unintended acceleration, improperly attached seat belts and loose subframe bolts.
A Ford spokesperson said the company has submitted a recall petition to NHTSA.
Mach-E owners will receive notification once parts ordering information and repair instructions become available to dealers. Ford projects a fix in the third quarter.
The solution will feature a software update to the “Secondary On-Board Diagnostic Control Module and Battery Energy Control Module” remotely or over-the-air. Owners can also take their vehicles to a Ford dealer.
Shortly after the Mach-E stop-sale news, Ford recalled nearly three million vehicles to fix a transmission problem that could cause accidental rollaway crashes. This recall includes 2013 to 2018 C-Max, 2013 to 2019 Escape, 2013 to 2016 Fusion, 2013 to 2021 Transit Connect and 2015 to 2018 Edge vehicles.