Ford recalls some Mustang Mach-E EVs for software-related issue—with OTA remedy

Ford has recalled just 464 dual-motor all-wheel-drive versions of its Mustang Mach-E electric car from the 2021 model year.

Ford isn’t aware of any accidents related to the issue, and the issue was brought into a review group within the automaker based on a single report—in which the issue caused the affected vehicle to enter “a speed limited state.”

In another testament to the effectiveness of over-the-air updates, Ford says that it plans to deploy an over-the-air update for the issue this month—in May. 

Customers still have the option of getting the software updated at the dealership. But by the time most affected owners get the required notice of recall, delivered in the mail, their car will likely already be fixed. 

The dreaded term of “unintended acceleration” is mentioned in the recall documents, however this doesn’t appear to cause any such issue—it’s rather a safety issue with potentially detecting it. The vehicle’s safety monitoring might fail to detect that or “unintended vehicle movement,” the recall documents detail.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E

Ford has the potential to remedy safety issues such as this over the air, although many OTA updates will bring new features in. Last year, for example, Ford added Amazon Alexa connectivity, Blue Cruise driver-assist tech, and other new features, and it’s hinted that future OTA updates might bring range improvements. 

Ford’s entirely over-the-air solution here contrasts to a recall issued by Hyundai and Kia last week for nearly 20,000 of its Ioniq 5 and EV6 electric cars over rollaway concerns. Although that issue was also entirely software-based, those automakers haven’t yet opted to enable such over-the-air updates, so a dealership visit will be required. 

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