Ford Motor Company (F) has been dealing with the United Auto Workers (UAW) strikes. Now, another difficulty confronts the automaker — it recently issued two separate recalls, affecting 273,127 vehicles across the United States. The two models impacted are the 2020-22 Ford Explorer and the Ford Mustang Mach-E.
The larger recall applies to 238,364 Ford Explorers produced between 2020 and 2022. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) from Ford, a defectively manufactured mounting bolt in the rear axle might snap, potentially resulting in vehicle roll-aways even when parked. The issue stems from this bolt enduring constant bending forces during acceleration, resulting from torque transmission.
If the bolt fails after sufficient vehicular launches, the axle might shift, disconnecting the driveshafts or half-shafts from the integrated powertrain system. If complete separation occurs, the transmission becomes unlinked from the car’s wheels, paving the way for possible roll-aways as engaging the park gear would no longer prevent wheel spin.
According to a Ford report, 396 customers reported incidents linked to this problem, often signaled by loud clunking or grinding sounds. Less than 5% of these cases resulted in vehicle roll-away or impaired vehicular control. However, as a remedial measure, F will replace the faulty bolt and implement a re-engineered subframe bushing to ensure correct axle positioning.
The second recall targets 34,763 Mustang Mach-E models fitted with extended-range batteries. This rectification is due to an overheating battery contactor potentially causing a loss of motive power when driving. As per F, this can occur when the vehicle has experienced fast DC charging followed by intense acceleration.
This is the second recall to involve battery contactors on the Mustang Mach-E. Last year, a similar complication led the company to recall 48,924 Mach-E models and replace a diagnostic control module with an alternate model capable of monitoring the battery contactor’s temperature. Unfortunately, the initiative did not successfully nullify the issue.
Hence, in this latest recall, F will replace the high-voltage battery junction box at no expense to its customers. The car manufacturer has confirmed that the previous recall has adequately addressed power loss issues affecting standard-range Mach-E units; hence, this recall targets only extended-range versions.
The recall follows an investigation initiated by the auto safety regulator, assessing whether F adequately addressed the issues during the June 2022 recall of about 49,000 Mach-E vehicles.
F is already grappling with UAW strikes, with predicted impacts of $120 million being realized in the upcoming quarter. As per industry experts, F is losing $44 million daily. Additionally…
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