Over the last several days, severe winter weather has impacted a large portion of the United States. Along with difficult travel conditions and widespread power outages, it also appears that North American Ford production has suffered as a result of this inclement weather as well, the automaker has now confirmed to the Detroit Free Press.
So far, Ford has completely shut down four of its plants – the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, and Ford Hermosillo Assembly Plant – as a result of weather-related concerns. In addition, Ford has cut shifts at the following plants – the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, Ford Dearborn Truck Plant, and Ford Oakville Assembly Plant.
This leaves only a few North American plants running without disruption – the Ford Louisville Assembly Plant, Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, Ford Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, and Ford Kentucky Truck Plant.
These Ford production disruptions affect a number of models, including the Ford Mustang, Ford F-150, Ford Transit, Ford Super Duty F-650, F-750, and F-350/450/550 Chassis Cab, Ford E-Series Cutaway and Stripped Chassis, Ford Bronco Sport, Ford Explorer and Police Interceptor Utility, Lincoln Aviator, Ford Edge, and Lincoln Nautilus.
This is a particularly bad time for a Ford production disruption, as the automaker is already dealing with issues stemming from a global chip shortage, as well as the lasting effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Couple that with strong demand for the 2021 Ford F-150 and Bronco Sport, and the last several weeks have represented a major headache for the automaker as it attempts to right the proverbial ship.
Ford dealers have already had a hard time keeping 2021 F-150 and Bronco Sport models on lots as customers have shown tremendous enthusiasm toward them, and this news doesn’t figure to help in that regard.