Ford just can’t seem to catch a break with the Mustang Mach-E. The Mach-E was already one of the electric vehicles (EVs) hardest hit by the ongoing global chip shortage, and Ford now has to recall most of the Mach-E units sold in the United States due to a manufacturing defect with their windshields — reports FOX Business.
Up to 17,692 Mach-E units manufactured between February 24, 2020, and June 18, 2021, and sold in the U.S. carry a defect that could cause their windshields to detach in the event of a crash. According to the Detroit Free Press, the recall covers a total of 38,714 Mexican-made Mach-E units globally.
Ford has not been able to uncover the root cause of this problem as of yet, but a spokesman for the company said that a fix has been deployed at the production level for units currently being manufactured. Fortunately, there have been no documented accidents or injuries as a result of this defect.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s report on the recall, the defect was discovered after a “report of poor windshield urethane adhesion noted during a cracked windshield replacement.”
Ford will start notifying Mach-E owners of the recall on October 27. Affected Mach-Es will have to be taken into a service center, where Ford will replace the windshields on each of the vehicles. The panoramic glass sunroofs on recalled units will also be replaced, since they used the same adhesive process as the windshields.
All repairs will be conducted free of charge under warranty.
Last week, Ford recalled 5,000 Mach-E units in Canada over the same concerns of weak sunroof and windshield attachments.
Mach-E owners have been advised to be on the lookout for water leaks and increased wind noise, which are indicators of possible windshield separation.
Back in July, the Mustang Mach-E was crowned the 2021 Electric Vehicle of the Year by automotive publication Car and Driver.
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