Ford recalls Mustang Mach-E over risk of glass roof falling off after mocking Tesla for same issue
Ford has recalled 5,000 Mustang Mach-E electric SUVs in Canada due to the risk of the glass roof and windshield coming loose and falling off.
Ironically, the automaker mocked Tesla for the same problem just a year ago.
Last year Darren Palmer, Ford and Lincoln’s head of battery-electric vehicle development, made some comments about the quality of electric vehicles. The Ford CEO said that until now, electric vehicle buyers have had to compromise and accept some “flaws”:
“The doors fit well, the plastic 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 stick in cold weather…”
Although the director didn’t mention Tesla by name, several of those quality issues have been associated with the brand. In particular, it came just weeks after the roof of a Tesla Model Y fell off while driving.
Ironically, Ford is now in a very similar situation. The automaker has just issued two recalls in Canada, one of which is specifically about the risk of the glass roof coming loose:
“On certain vehicles, the glass panel of the panoramic sunroof may not be properly attached. Over time, the glass can loosen and detach from the vehicle.”
Ford says it will affect 1,812 Mustang Mach-E vehicles for 2021 in Canada. On another 3,178 Mach-Es, Ford says there is a similar problem that can cause the windshield to come off:
“On certain vehicles, the windshield may not be properly secured. As a result, the glass can come loose and detach from the vehicle in the event of a collision.”
In either case, Ford plans to notify affected owners, check the roof and windshield, and reassemble with more glue if necessary.
Here are the recall messages:
For now, it appears that the recalls will be limited to Canadian Mach-Es, even though Ford manufactures all of its electric SUVs at the same plant in Mexico.
It’s not impossible that the recall will extend to the US market, but it’s also possible that the manufacturing issue was limited to batches for Canadian deliveries.
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