Battery Fire Caused F-150 Lightning Production Halt
February 16, 2023
Ford halted production of its popular F-150 Lightning earlier this week due to a battery issue. Now we know what that battery issue was:
A fire sparked by a battery issue in a truck during a standard pre-delivery quality check. The fire was extinguished by Dearborn Fire Department, but not before it damaged a second vehicle on the holding lot.
Fires in EV vehicles are especially dangerous. Even when the fire seems completely out, it can randomly restart hours later.
PRODUCTION SHOULD RE-START IN A FEW WEEKS
Ford says it believes it has already identified the issue and plans to plans to wrap up its investigation at the end of next week.
They are ensuring that what the engineers learned from the investigation is implemented in the production process. Already produced, undelivered F-150 Lightnings will be held back by Ford while it works out if the vehicles need any potential fixes.
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MULTIPLE EVs HAVE HAD FIRES TOO
Tesla has an issue with fires after crashes. The company is currently being sued after one owner died in a post-crash fire after the door handles on his Model S fafiled to work once electricity was cut off.
In 2021, General Motorsasked Chevy Bolt owners to park their vehicles outside of garages and away from standing structures and other vehicles while it tried to find a fix to vehicles randomly sparking up.
In 2020, Kia and Hyundaiissued a recall due to risk of fire