Ford Mustang production at the Ford Flat Rock Assembly Plant has been impacted numerous times over the last several months for more than one reason. Back in September, that reason was a major gas leak, while a pause in 2022 Ford Mustang production last month was attributed to the semiconductor chip shortage. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that 2022 Ford Mustang production will once again cease temporarily, this time for a full three weeks.
The pony car’s production pause will take place the weeks of February 21st, February 28th, and March 7th. No reason for this temporary idle time was given, but it’s most likely due to ongoing supply chain constraints that have caused numerous parts shortages and plagued automotive production for some time now.
Ford has already shut down a number of plants this month alone, including the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant – which builds the Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator – and the Ford Michigan Assembly Plant – which builds the Ford Bronco and Ford Ranger, both of which were down for one week. Just a few days later, Ford Authority reported that a total of eight Ford plants would be idle that same week, while Ford Super Duty and Ford F-150 production was also recently scaled back.
Meanwhile, a recent report from the U.S. Department of Commerce suggests that microchip demand will continue to exceed supply for at least six more months, meaning that this situation doesn’t look likely to improve until later this year, if not next year. The report was based on data from chip manufacturers and automakers, giving us our most accurate look at this complex problem to date.