Ford F-150 Lightning: Battery Issue Recall

18 Pickup Trucks Recalled for Battery Issue

The battery difficulty discovered in an excellence investigation at Ford’s F-150 Lightning plant in Dearborn has now led to a highly limited call back of the popular electric pickup vehicle. Ford states that eighteen 2023 year model trucks were despatched to dealers and feasibly acquired by customers with a seemingly imperfect battery cell.

Currently, Ford does not have reports of any injuries or accidents related to the problem. The resolution for the defect necessitates substituting the battery pack without the customer being charged. Owners affected by this recall shall be informed soon and, in the interim, Ford declares that these vehicles can still be driven and recharged. Notwithstanding, a visit to replace the battery pack should be scheduled expeditiously.

The abrupt stoppage of the assembly line was prompted by a flare-up which took place on February 4 at Ford’s Rouge Electric Vehicle Center. During a review of quality, an assembled F-150 Lightning ignited while in the midst of a charging process. This instigated a probe into the issue, the result of which was the unearthing of some fault in the production of battery cells that originated from SK On’s battery plant – located in Georgia – that produces these aforementioned cells.

An extensive probe unveiled potentially substandard battery cells manufactured during a four-week time frame that started in late 2022. In collaboration with SK On, Ford declared that the real sources of the issue have been identified and modifications have been established for the future. F-150 Lightning production is scheduled to begin again on March 13, 2021 utilising fresh battery packs and thus terminating a five-week suspension.

The obstacle emerged in the wake of powerful request for Ford’s electric pickup truck. The car maker had offered 15,617 Lightnings in 2022, yet 3,600 had already been sold during the initial two months of 2023. Recently, Ford unmistakably expressed it would expand the F-150 Lightning creation to satisfy the ever-increasing demand, which can reach up to 150,000 units a year soon. To enhance fabrication while simultaneously diminishing cost, Ford will construct another battery plant in Marshall, Michigan intending to furnish its augmenting EV armada with more affordable LFP batteries.

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Source: Ford

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