Ford has recalled 5,000 Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs in Canada due to a risk of the glass roof and windshield coming loose and falling.
Ironically, the automaker poked fun at Tesla for the same problem just over a year ago.
Last year, Darren Palmer, head of battery-electric vehicle development for Ford and Lincoln, commented on the quality of electric vehicles. The Ford executive said electric vehicle buyers have so far had to compromise and accept some “flaws”:
“The doors are snug, the plastics and other materials are color-matched, the bumpers don’t fall off, the roof doesn’t come off when you wash it, the door handles don’t get stuck in cold weather…”
Although the executive did not mention Tesla by name, several of these quality issues were associated with the brand. Specifically, it happened just weeks after a Tesla Model Y fell from the roof while driving.
Ironically, Ford now finds itself in a very similar situation. The automaker has just issued two recalls in Canada, and one of them specifically concerns the risk of the glass roof coming off:
“On certain vehicles, the panoramic sunroof window may not be properly secured. Over time, the glass could detach and separate from the vehicle.
Ford says it affects 1,812 2021 Mustang Mach-E vehicles in Canada. On another 3,178 Mach-E, Ford says there is a similar issue that could cause the windshield to detach:
“On some vehicles, the windshield may not be properly secured. As a result, the glass can loosen and separate from the vehicle in the event of an accident.
In either case, Ford plans to notify affected owners, check the roof and windshield, and reassemble them with more adhesive if necessary.
Here are the recall notices:
For now, it appears that recalls are limited to Canadian Mach-E’s, even though Ford produces all of its electric SUVs at the same plant in Mexico.
It is not impossible that the recall will spread to the US market, but it is also possible that the manufacturing issue is limited to lots for Canadian deliveries.
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