On October 18, Ford announced that it recalled 35,000 Mustang Match-E electric vehicles due to high voltage battery main contactors that may overheat, resulting in a loss of driving power.
In August, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation to determine whether Ford’s recall of 49,000 Mach-E vehicles in June 2022 adequately addressed the issue. The result was the new recall of Mach-E vehicles with extended range for the 2021 and 2022 model years.
The first step in resolving the initial recall was to update the software. The current recall applies only to extended-range vehicles and involves a replacement high-voltage battery junction box.
Following the 2022 recall, Ford issued a service bulletin in August to replace the high-voltage battery junction box, and owners who reported a loss of motive power after obtaining the recall remedy had the part replaced, according to the NHTSA.
After the 2022 recall was completed, Ford said it was aware of 107 cases of high voltage contactor overheating that caused a loss of driving power. Still, the automaker stood unaware of any accidents or injuries associated with the problem.
According to NHTSA data, Ford has issued more recalls than any other manufacturer this year, potentially affecting 4.9 million vehicles in the U.S.