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Faulty batteries: Ford recalls thousands of Mustangs

Be careful if you own a Ford Mustang Mach-E. Ford will recall nearly 49,000 vehicles of this electric SUV in the United States, and asked dealers to stop delivering new vehicles, due to a potential battery problem, the group said on Tuesday. On affected vehicles, “direct current rapid charging” and repeated pedal presses “may cause the high voltage battery main contactors to overheat,” a Ford spokesperson said in a message.

However, “an overheated switch that opens while driving can lead to a loss of engine power, which can increase the risk of an accident,” he added. The problem can be solved by a software update, which can be done remotely. Ford plans to roll it out starting next month. This recall comes as the manufacturer has recently focused on its desire to accelerate in the electric sector, with in particular the first deliveries in recent weeks of the electric version of its popular F-150 pickup.

But manufacturers of vehicles without internal combustion engines still regularly face production problems. General Motors has had to suspend production of the Chevrolet Bolt for several months while Rivian, a manufacturer of electric pickups, SUVs and vans, has struggled to increase its production capacity since the launch of its first vehicle last fall.

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