Ford recalls about 49K Mustang EVs over battery safety issues

The battery safety defect may render the vehicle immobile. The malfunction involves a potential overheating of the vehicle's battery high-voltage contactors, which can lead the vehicle to fail to start or lose power while in motion, reports CNBC. "An overheated contactor that opens while driving can result in a loss of motive power, which can increase the risk of an accident," according to the Ford notice.

Ford Motor has recalled nearly 49,000 Mustang Mach-E electric crossovers over battery safety concerns, and told dealers to temporarily halt selling the popular electric vehicle.

The battery safety defect may render the vehicle immobile.

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The malfunction involves a potential overheating of the vehicle's battery high-voltage contactors, which can lead the vehicle to fail to start or lose power while in motion, reports CNBC.

"An overheated contactor that opens while driving can result in a loss of motive power, which can increase the risk of an accident," according to the Ford notice.

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The battery issue affects Mach-Es that were built from May 27, 2020, through May 24, 2022, at the automaker's Mexico plant.

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Nearly 49,000 of around 100,000 Mach-Es produced during that time frame have been recalled by the Detroit-based automaker, the report said late on Tuesday.

The recall has also been filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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The automaker said the problem can be fixed with an over-the-air software update, to be issued "next month."

"Ford has not issued instructions to stop driving vehicles under this safety recall," a company spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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Ford has issued a handful of recalls regarding the Mach-E since its launch, according to the NHTSA website.

The automaker has earlier issued recalls for unintended acceleration, improperly attached seatbelts, and loose subframe bolts.

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