Ford Recalling Fusion PHEV Models for Power Loss and Fire Risks
Ford Motor Co. is recalling certain 2019-20 Fusion PHEV models due to concerns about power loss and fire risks. Owners are advised not to charge their vehicles until the issue is resolved.
- Recalled Models: 2019-20 Fusion PHEV
- Potential Affected Vehicles: 14,452
- Incidents: 7 fires and 270 warranty claims reported
A solution for the power loss and fire risk is currently being developed. In the meantime, interim letters will be sent to owners on July 10 to inform them about the safety risk. Owners are advised to avoid charging their vehicles to prevent damage to the battery energy control module.
Ford stated, “We’re instructing customers with 2019 and 2020 Ford Fusion Energi [cars] that have 30Ah plug-in hybrid cell batteries to not charge their vehicles. Lowering the battery’s state of charge will reduce the risk of power loss and fire around the vehicle’s battery control module, located in the trunk. We are committed to keeping customers informed as we work to resolve this issue.”
According to partial NHTSA data, Ford has had the highest number of recalls among automakers through 2021. In November 2022, Ford recalled nearly 634,000 Bronco Sport and Escape crossovers for fire risks. In June 2022, Ford issued a stop-sale to dealers for nearly 50,000 Mustang Mach-E crossovers due to potential power loss.