US motor manufacturer Ford is recalling 18 F-150 Lightning electric vehicles due to a battery cell manufacturing defect, which occurred over a four-week period starting at the end of last year.
Ford spokesperson Emma Bergg said one vehicle displayed a battery issue on 4 February and caught fire during a standard quality check in a holding area in Dearborn, Michigan. The fire spread to two other trucks parked nearby.
The vehicle has a lithium-ion pouch battery with internal battery management.
The root cause identified was related to battery cell production at the SK On plant in Georgia. Ford identified the root causes and implemented quality actions, she said, but did not give details what they were when asked.
Ford said on Friday it has not set a date for resuming deliveries but said production is on track to resume Monday with a “clean stock of battery packs.”