The Dearborn-based Ford Motor Company is going electric with some of its signature models, including the F-150 and the Mustang. Unfortunately, the transition has not been an entirely smooth one. The latest bump in the road is the June 10, 2022, recall of 48,924 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles from model years 2021 and 2022. The cause is a sudden loss of power while the cars are moving, or they may not start. Ford has issued a temporary stop-sale.
The issue is a defective battery contractor, which is a sort of router that determines which vehicle components need power from the battery. Malfunctioning battery contractors may overheat when plugged into a DC fast charger or when the driver aggressively accelerates. If the battery contractor overheats, it may lead to arcing and deformation of electrical contact surfaces. If this happens, the battery contractor may remain open, causing the loss of power and more significant potential for injury. A powertrain warning light will appear on the dashboard and a message to “Stop Safely Now” in the gauge cluster.
As with other smart cars like those made by Tesla, Mercedes-Benz and GM, the manufacturer will send an over-the-air (OTA) remote software update. Vehicle owners can also go to a dealership to have the work done.
No reports of injuries
Happily, there have been no reports of injuries or crashes tied to this issue. Moreover, the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has no open investigations regarding this matter. Suppose the owner was injured by this defect or is unsatisfied with the software update. In that case, they may want to speak with a lemon law attorney in California who can help them determine if it is necessary to pursue additional damages or compensation.