Ford Is Recalling Some F-150 Electric Trucks Because Of Battery Problems
Ford has issued a recall for a number of its F-150 Lightning electric trucks, with the company concerned about an issue that was discovered when after they had been built.
Electrek reports that Ford has had to place the recall after one truck caught fire, although there are only 18 trucks that are subject to the recall.
That’s because Ford was able to pause production and put a stop on shipments after the initial fire, but it appears that those 18 trucks had already made their way to dealers.
The issue itself was discovered when a parked F-150 Lightning caught fire, with Ford discovering that the issue was related to a faulty batch of batteries. Now those batteries will be replaced by Ford dealers for those who have already taken delivery. Ford does say that those people can continue to use the truck in the interim, however.
Ford’s statement reads:
Ford is recalling 18 F-150 Lightnings due to a battery cell manufacturing defect, which occurred over a four-week period starting at the end of last year. We recently established that 18 vehicles containing cells from that four-week period had made it to dealers and customers.
The statement then goes on to explain exactly what went down.
On Feb. 4, during a standard quality check, one vehicle displayed a battery issue and caught fire. The root cause identified was related to battery cell production at the SK On plant in Georgia. Ford is not aware of any reports of accident or injury related to this recall. Together with SK On, we have confirmed the root causes and have implemented quality actions. Production is on track to resume Monday with clean stock of battery packs.
While any recall can be a concern, especially when fire and batteries are involved, the fact that only 18 vehicles are affected is obviously a good sign. If you happen to have one of those trucks we’d suggest reaching out to Ford ASAP.