In early February, Ford Motor Company discovered that a fault in the traction battery on some F-150 Lightnings could cause it to spontaneously combust, and Michigan halted production of those electric pickups as of mid-month. The investigation revealed that the dangerous defect affected just 18 cars, which are being recalled for repair and pickup truck release to be continued already tomorrow.
The South Korean company SK On supplies traction batteries for Ford F-150 Lightning pickups from its plant in Georgia. Although the production of cars has been suspended since mid-February, deliveries of finished pickups to customers have continued. An investigation conducted jointly with a Korean partner found that the cause of the fire could be a manufacturing defect in the traction battery, which can manifest itself in only 18 examples of the F-150 Lightning being sold. Ford Motor Company invites its owners to a free troubleshooting procedure.
By the way, none of the consumers had time to suffer from this defect, since the only case of a car fire in the parking lot with finished products was recorded at the Ford plant. Pickups produced throughout January were fitted with potentially dangerous batteries and it is not a fact that the 18 recalled examples actually contain defective batteries – this should be determined by an inspection carried out as part of the recall.
Starting March 13, Ford’s Michigan plant will resume production of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck. Against the background of the Chevrolet Bolt EV scandal, which totaled 140,000 units, the Ford F-150 Lightning pick-up incident seems like a slight misunderstanding, although of course the month-long standstill of the assembly line cannot change that The auto giant’s business.