The ongoing semiconductor chip shortage has wreaked havoc on Ford’s vehicle production for quite a few weeks now, as is the case with almost every other automaker around the globe. But it’s most concerning when 2021 Ford F-150 production is affected, as the brand-new pickup is the automaker’s unquestioned cash cow. Regardless, news that 2021 Ford F-150 production would be affected was first reported in early February before it was impacted again last week. And now, Ford is cutting production of its best-selling pickup once again.
Ford F-150 production at the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant will pause the weeks of April 5th and 12th, and the automaker will not dole out any overtime to workers the weeks of April 26th, May 10th, May 31st, and June 21st. Meanwhile, at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant, F-150 production will not take place the week of April 5th, while overtime will be canceled the weeks of April 12th, April 19th, April 26th, May 3rd, May 10th, May 17th, June 7th, and June 14th.
In addition to these cuts, Ford Transit assembly in Kansas City will also lose overtime the weeks of April 5th, 12th, and 19th. The Ford Louisville Assembly Plant – where the Ford Escape and Lincoln Corsair are built – will be down the weeks of April 12th and 19th. The Ford Oakville Assembly Plant, where the Ford Edge and Lincoln Nautilus are built, will be down the weeks of April 12th, 19th, and 26th.
Finally, the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, will have its overtime cut the week of April 5th, while the Ford Ohio Assembly Plant, where the Ford E-Series and Ford Super Duty F-650 and F-750 are built will lose its overtime the weeks of April 12th and 26th.
Ford has been working to use the chips it has on hand for its most profitable vehicles, but the fact that it has now been forced to cut F-150 production three times is a sign that it simply doesn’t have enough chips. Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that he believes the shortage will be over by Q3 2021, but in the meantime, the automaker’s production woes continue.