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2023 Ford Escape Production Paused Over Quality Issues

The refreshed 2023 Ford Escape debuted last October with revised styling and some new tech features, along with a totally revamped trim level lineup. However, as has been the case with many automotive models in recent years, 2023 Escape production has faced its fair share of challenges, including a multi-week delay at the Louisville Assembly plant. Order banks for the plug-in hybrid model closed quickly due to high demand, and now, FoMoCo has paused 2023 Ford Escape production in Louisville amid quality issues, according to WDRB News.

Production at Ford’s Louisville plant has reportedly been day-to-day for weeks now, with 2023 Ford Escape production stopping in the middle of last week prior to a scheduled restart on February 20th. While production at the plant has previously been plagued by supply chain issues, this time around, the pause in work is due to a software issue, according to Brandon Reisinger, the plant’s building chairman for UAW Local 862.

The automaker “encountered a few concerns that our engineering team wanted to review and resolve” before resuming production, plant manager Andrew Tapp wrote in a memo to employees. “I can’t stress enough that our internal metrics are really good for the new model, and we have made a lot of progress.” “We are committed to ensuring our vehicles are built with the quality our customers deserve and will take the appropriate actions to deliver this commitment,” Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker added.

While the refreshed 2023 Ford Escape recently earned the highest possible rating in a revised side-impact evaluation test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the crossover has faced its fair share of supply chain issues as well. Those have prompted Ford to drop the Escape’s hands-free tailgate feature, add manual key options, and implement SiriusXM removal options, too.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Escape soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Escape news and 24/7 Ford news coverage.

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. Shelby32

    If the do not get their House in order they will be just memory of the past. The china battery thing is not good it like if Ford outsourced it motors to a china company. Now with the CATL China deal what is S&K Korea to think about its future with Ford. Since Ford is going cheap with china tech hows that going to improve the customers experience. Delete content when your competition is not is also not the answer. Want to be a tesla bring it in house were you have control. This management team is just not capable of good execution. I will not buy a F150 without a heated steering and it just a shame Ford cannot get a handle on the simple stuff. I hope something changes because I would hate to lose my favorite brand. Farley get your act together go sleep in the factories until you get this stuff fixed like Musk does.

    1. RWFA

      You have a fundamental ignorance of Ford’s battery strategy. You need to go back to school on that.

      1. Mike

        RWFA, you sure finished the school of “Ford’s battery strategy” with flying colors. That is why you are delegated to be a semi-literate troll. Chill out troll, before the vein in your forehead pops open.

        1. RWFA

          My vascular system is just fine, my latest blood donation confirmed a similar result in my physical.

          As said before, I have no connection to Ford. It’s just that I don’t like the pro lies of the K-street troll tag team so I decided to self delegate to expose their bad faith bull$hit.

          You know, Mike, it’s funny, I’ve never seen you refute any of their FUD, should I draw a conclusion from that?

          If it’s that I’m blowing up your anti BEV pro troll business model built on lies and misrepresentations, I’m sub-zero frosty with that.

          Ps I’m still hoping to get a gold star on my forehead from Mr Farley my hero.

  2. Shockandawe

    With this battery deal, Ford will become a Chinese communist puppet spying and sending information back to China.

    1. RWFA

      ZOMG!!! They will steal the Bar Scheeze recipe from Win Schuler’s in Marshall ! Call out the Pentagon !

      As for puppet, who are you sockpuppeting for?

  3. Jim O

    All I know is Ford needs to get this quality under control. I am a boomer and a Ford guy through and through. I own an Escape, Explorer and Mustang. I won’t even list all the Fords that I have owned . I have always accepted a few rattles here and there in my Fords because they ran forever. If reliability is not improved, I will have to go elsewhere. Once Ford looses the people like me, they will continue to loose as we are the brand ambassadors.

    1. RWFA

      Hang in there Jim, just keep in mind Ford entered the pandemic with a lot of problems baked in from past management and they are working their way through them.

      Product development and correction cycles have long tails and results unfortunately cannot happen overnight.

    2. Al

      I’m with you one more ford then I am going to look elsewhere right now I have a 2023 escape on order hope they get their quality issues resolved. Time to get rid of Farley since he took over it has been all down hill. They need a person with an engineering background to run the place not a saleman.

  4. laura kolberg

    You folks are funny-and annoying. I ordered my 2023 Titanium Escape-which would be my third one, and 12 Ford vehicle-in mid October 2022. Even my salesman can’t give me any real info-supposedly I was going to get a direct message from Ford to keep me up to date-never have. Instead the salesman called me about a month ago to give me the production date of April 12-coming up real soon, eh? Still have heard not a “word” from Ford. I have checked a few Detroit area dealerships and found one that had 5 of them in stock-so it said. And, in order to track the progress of my order, I have to have the new car VIN number-not just my order number. Supply chain is one thing, just plain old terrible customer service is even worse.


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