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2019-2020 Ford Fusion PHEV Recalled Over BECM Damage (Updated)

Ford Motor Company is recalling select 2019-2020 Ford Fusion Energi/PHEV models over an issue with the battery energy control module (BECM).

The defect: in affected vehicles, the BECM may become damaged due to excessive voltage and current flow.

The hazards: a damaged BECM can result in a loss of drive power or a fire, increasing the risk of a crash or injury.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this issue.

Components: battery energy control module

Affected vehicles: select 2019-2020 Ford Fusion Energi models produced between December 6th, 2017, through July 27th, 2020.

Number of vehicles affected: 14,452

The fix: owners are advised not to charge their vehicles until the remedy is completed. The remedy is currently under development.

Owners should: wait for communications from Ford, which will begin on July 10th, 2023. The Ford reference number for this recall is 23S33.


  • Ford Customer Service: 1-866-436-7332
  • FoMoCo Recall Number: 23S33
  • NHTSA Toll-Free: 1-888-327-4236
  • NHTSA (TTY): 1-800-424-9153
  • NHTSA Website:

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Update: Maria Buczkowski, manager of corporate communications at Ford, sent the following statement to Ford Authority: “We’re instructing customers with 2019 and 2020 Ford Fusion Energi that have 30Ah plug-in hybrid cell batteries to not charge their vehicles. Until the remedy is available, lowering the battery’s state of charge will reduce the risk of power loss and fire around the vehicle’s battery control module, which is located in the trunk. We are committed to keeping customers informed as we work to resolve this issue.”

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  1. Bill Howland

    Other than another silly forgettable acronym, I have little clue about what the article is talking about, and I’m on my 8th plugin car and have also installed several charging wallboxes.

    It would be nice if the writers here bothered to ask the Ford spokesman to explain what they are talking about.

    Perhaps some owner can explain what the function of this device is, and which particular ‘overcurrent’ they refer to.

  2. John Minn

    I’m dealing with a Ford dealership to fix my 2020 Ford Fusion Energi Titanium.
    It been in the shop several times for charging issues; for example the car battery would only charge to 17 miles. But within a quarter of a mile, the EV miles drops to 15.
    The dealership changed a module, but did not correct the problem. The dealership said they were working with Ford to correct the problem. But then I received the recall advising not to charge the battery. My vehicle was at the dealership in June. So, Ford was aware of a problem with the charging system, but failed to advise me.
    Since I cannot charge the vehicle, my vehicle is averaging 28-30 mpg. I’m assuming the hybrid system is not working properly. I’ve owned a Ford Fusion Hybrid and it averaged 38-42 mpg.
    My concern is Ford has been trying to find a solution for the past 5 months. Will this recall not be corrected like the airbag recall they had?


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