Ford is recalling dozens of early Mustang Mach-E deliveries after it discovered loose bolts during quality checks that are stopping shipments.
“[S]Some vehicles may have subframe bolts that the supplier did not tighten to specification, ”Ford wrote Friday afternoon. “While the problem in the affected vehicles does not meet Ford standards, the company is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.”
Ford says 1,258 Mustang Mach-Es are affected in the US, as well as 90 in Canada, but the vast majority of them have yet to ship to customers. “Fewer than 75 customers who have already received delivery” will have to bring their Mustang Mach-E in for repair, according to the company. Ford says it will begin contacting these owners on March 22.
The recall is miniscule by most standards, and so far it doesn’t appear to be as serious as, say, burning Hyundai Kona EVs. But it’s another minor setback in the launch of Ford’s first electric vehicle for the mass market. The company has delivered about 4,000 Mustang Mach-E SUVs so far, but this week delayed the launch of about 4,500 to run additional quality checks and is compensating some owners as a result. It’s unclear if those checks were driven by the deadbolt problem or some other suspicion.