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Thousands Of Ford Super Duty Pickups Await Semiconductor Chips In Kentucky

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Months ago, Ford was storing 2021 Ford F-150 pickups in parking lots near the Detroit airport and the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant as the automaker worked to complete final quality checks of its brand new pickup. Then, a slew of Ford F-150 pickups was spotted sitting at a Department of Public Works rail yard off I-96 near Evergreen in Detroit awaiting semiconductor chips. Now, thousands of Ford Super Duty pickups built at the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant have been spotted by the Detroit Free Press sitting alongside I-71 waiting for chips, too.

“Ford will build and hold the vehicles for a number of weeks, then ship the vehicles to dealers once the modules are available and comprehensive quality checks are complete,” Kelli Felker, Ford global manufacturing and labor communications manager, told the Free Press, which inquired about the parked Ford Super Duty pickups.

According to Ford, the automaker had around 22,000 vehicles parked and awaiting chips at the end of March, but it appears that this number continues to grow as the shortage continues to pose major problems for The Blue Oval.

The automaker recently revealed that the semiconductor chip problem will slash its Q2 output in half, and a host of people – including a group of experts, Taiwan government officials, and Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger expect the shortage to continue at least through the end of the year, and maybe even longer.

So far this year, it’s believed that the chip shortage has impacted Ford more than any other automaker on a global level, with an estimated 362,663 units of lost production. General Motors is close with 326,651 units lost, though some automakers – including Tesla, BMW, and Daimler – have been impacted to a much lesser extent.

“The global semiconductor shortage is affecting automakers around the world – as well as other industries, including consumer electronics companies,” Jennifer Flake, executive director of global product communications, told the Free Press. “Ford is concentrating on how to best use our allocation of semiconductors to deliver high-demand vehicles to customers around the world.”

We’ll have much more on the chip shortage soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I feel so fortunate, I ordered my Ford F350 Lariat on 2/24/2021 and it was delivered to the dealer on 4/14/2021. I was reading about the F150s while waiting for my truck. I had no idea the Super Duty trucks were affected just as much as the F150s.

  2. I ordered a 2021 Ford F-350 Lariat crew cab powerstroke swb 4×4 on February 22nd 2021. Then I was informed by the dealership that it wouldn’t be started on until May 10 2021. Now there telling me that I may not get it for even longer due to the chip issue. Plus knowing that even know I ordered mine, that mine would be put on hold and the chip company would not supply chips for the ones on order until they get the stock orders fulfilled across the country first for the dealerships. Where is the justice in that or where does that make since? I guess thats only like that to put the sqreews to the little man only trying to make a living and raise a family.

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