The Ford Mustang Mach-E continues to rack up accolades as 87 percent of those surveyed for a recent study said they would buy one again if given the chance. At the same time, supply chain issues have hampered production of the popular EV crossover for the past year or so, though Ford did manage to sell 27k units in North America in 2021. Regardless, there are a handful of customers waiting to take delivery of their Ford Mustang Mach-E because of a recent recall addressing a safety issue with the rear seat belts, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Ford originally said that 2,304 Mach-Es were affected by the recall, of which 1,563 were on dealer lots and the other 741 had already been delivered to customers. Now, the automaker estimates that roughly 500 units still need to have the recall addressed before those vehicles can be delivered to customers. This delay also impacts the $7,500 federal tax credit that some of those customers may be eligible for, as that credit must be applied the year deliveries occur.
As Ford Authority reported last month, this Mach-E recall – which also affects select 2022 Ford Maverick models – pertains to the rear floor assemblies, which were produced with tapping plates that may have oversized extruded bolt holes used to attach the rear seat belt buckles. Those oversized extruded bolt holes may decrease the strength of the fastener joint causing inadequate attachment of the rear seat belts during loading, which could cause it to detach and may not adequately restrain an occupant in a crash, increasing the risk of an injury.
Ford isn’t aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue, which affects select 2021-2022 Ford Mustang Mach-E models produced between October 5th, 2020 through November 18th, 2021, at the Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant. Ford is currently working to replace these defective parts, free of charge.