Ford recalls 49,000 U.S. Mach-E electric vehicles due to potential power loss

Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it is recalling about 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric vehicles in the United States because a part may overheat and cause a loss of propulsion power.

The No. 2 U.S. automaker said fast DC charging and repeated wide-open pedal events can cause high-voltage battery main contactors to overheat. Ford said it will address the issue that covers Mach-E vehicles built from late May 2020 through late May 2022 with a software update expected to begin next month.

Dealerships cannot deliver new vehicles to customers until the vehicles have the software update.

Ford said “overheating can cause electrical arcing and distortion of electrical contact surfaces, which can result in a contactor sticking open or a contactor welding closed.” If an overheated switch opens while driving, it could cause a loss of propulsion power, increasing the risk of an accident.

Ford previously issued five recalls for various 2021 Mustang Mach-E vehicles, including recalling nearly 500 for a software glitch that could cause unintended acceleration. These recalls included loose bolts and improper bonding of the windshield and panoramic roof.

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