San Francisco. Ford Motor has issued a recall notice for 18 electric F-150 Lightning pickup trucks with faulty battery cells (which caused at least one truck fire). Automakers will resume production of electric trucks with a ‘clean stock’ of battery packs from March 13, after a four-week break to investigate the defect, reports The Verge.
On 4 February, a fire broke out in the holding lot during pre-delivery quality checks while charging vehicles. Ford halted production and issued a stop-shipment order to dealers.
According to Ford, the ‘root cause’ of the problem was at South Korean battery supplier SK On’s Georgia plant.
Company spokeswoman Emma Berg said the firm was not aware of any reports of accidents or injuries related to this recall, the report said.
Furthermore, they had confirmed that the affected vehicles are either on dealer lots or in customer hands.
The report added that the company is in close contact with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is expected to issue a recall notice next week.
Last year, Ford recalled more than 1 million vehicles, including Maverick, Escape and Corsair models, that face a fire risk.
According to a CNBC report, the vehicles affected by the recall in the US came with 2.5-litre hybrid/plug-in hybrid (HEV/PHEV) engines.(IANS)
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