Ford has announced two recalls for its Mustang Mach-E electric cars to address potential problems with the panoramic roof glass and windshield.
According to Consumer Reports, the automaker has blamed improper bonding during manufacturing for both defects. Ford said the panoramic roof in these vehicles might separate from the vehicle while it is still moving.
The defect could create a major danger for road users. An investigation into the root cause is ongoing.
Details of the Recall
The recall includes 13,544 Mustang Mach-E vehicles. The windshield may not have been properly bonded to 17,692 cars risking detachment. If either glass panel separates, it could create a road hazard and the risk of a crash. In both cases, documents filed with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that all of the vehicles within the production range of Feb. 24, 2020, to July 18, 2021, have this defect.
Owners who have either problem may notice increased wind noise and/or a water leak. Ford has said it doesn’t know of any accidents or injuries related to these problems. When the recall begins in late October, Mustang Mach-E owners will be contacted to go to their local dealership for a repair.
Dealerships will apply additional urethane adhesive and reinstall the roof panel or windshield. The repairs will be done at no cost to consumers. Vehicle owners with questions may call Ford’s customer service at 866-436-7332.
Auto Product Liability Issues
When roofs or windshields come loose and detach from a vehicle, they could potentially cause a crash or pose a hazard to other vehicles on the roadway. When a safety issue is involved, automakers should act quickly to recall affected vehicles. The longer they take to do that, the more people could potentially get injured. Automakers have a responsibility to ensure that vehicles are designed or manufactured in such a way that they are safe for consumers.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective auto, you may be able to seek compensation from the automaker or other parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.