Ford has withdrawn only 464 dual-motor all-wheel-drive versions of its Mustang Mach-E electric car from the 2021 model year due to a software problem that could cause the EVT to enter “at a speed limit”.
Ford is not aware of any accidents related to the issue, and the issue was brought to a review group within the automaker on the basis of a single report.
In another testament to the effectiveness of the over-the-air update, Ford says it plans to launch an over-the-air update for the issue this month.
Customers still have the option of updating software at the dealership. But by the time most affected owners get the notice they need to send in the mail, their car will already be in order.
The horrific term “unwanted acceleration” is mentioned in the withdrawal document. However, it does not appear to be causing any such problem – it is a security issue with potential detection. Vehicle safety inspections may fail to detect that or “unintentional vehicular movement”, details of the withdrawal document.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ford has the potential to fix such security issues, although many OTA updates will bring new features. Last year, Ford, for example, added Amazon Alexa connectivity, Blue Cruise driver-assistance technology and other new features, indicating that future OTA updates could improve the range.
Ford’s complete over-the-air solution here is in stark contrast to the recall issued by Hyundai and Kia last week for nearly 20,000 Ioniq 5 and EV6 electric car rollway concerns. Although that issue was entirely software-based, those automakers have not yet chosen to enable such over-the-air updates, so a dealership visit will be required.