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Ford Louisville Assembly Plant Production Pause Extended

As Ford Authority reported last week, 2023 Ford Escape production at the Ford Louisville Assembly plant was paused recently due to a software issue, though at that time, the automaker expected that production would resume today, February 20th. FoMoCo hasn’t elaborated on what, exactly, that software issue is, but it’s apparently serious enough that the automaker has been forced to extend its production pause for another week, according to WDRB News.

2023 Ford Escape

The Ford Louisville Assembly plant is now expected to resume production next week, on February 27th, according to a memo seen by the news station. FoMoCo passed on the opportunity to comment on the shutdown, at least in terms of providing details surrounding the pause. “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 said in a statement.

“We’re on a day-by-day basis right now and I know that’s frustrating,” Louisville’s UAW Local 862 chairman, Brandon Reisinger, previously told employees at the plant. “The issue we’ve got, the cluster, is a software issue. It’s not a hardware issue. If it were to get out, it would not be something that would endanger anybody … but it would have the vehicles coming back to the dealership.” Reisinger also noted that when production restarts, the automaker intends to make up for the units it has lost as a result of this idle time.

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 2023 Escape production 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. Tim

    A lot of “paused production” happening

  2. justgregster

    I want my Escape STline Elite. Just about ready to cancel. Mad as hell

  3. eddever

    I had a production date of Feb14 but now I hear it will be April 14. Not impressed
    I will not get my truck in the possible 4 months the dealer told me

  4. MJ

    Ford has only produced less than 4,000 units from this plant since the mid December launch. How pathetic Ford is , seems they can’t build any product. I have a 23 Escape and Corsair on order for 5 months , but have now decided to pass and shop for other brands. Ford products are awful quality, mediocre styling , and they are dropping 2 row SUVs, so might as well switch now and be happier anyway . Unless you want a large SUV or Truck, Ford has nothing to offer. Also deleting Ford Authority as I no longer have any interest in Ford now

  5. Jim Elsasser

    I have to agree with the comment that Ford has mediocre styling. I was a lifetime Mustanger, but due to the boring, mundane styling I ordered a Bronco Big Bend. It took a year and 3 months to build, but I couldnt be happier. It harkens to the past when Ford actually had car designers.

  6. Tom Boardman

    Is the Corsair production paused?

    1. JJL

      Bigger issue is have they produced ANY 2023 Corsairs? Do a search and there are no pictures of a 2023 Corsair physically on a dealers lot. Units on dealer sites say “dealer ordered” meaning they don’t have it yet. Never seen one on the road. At this rate they might as well start production as 2024s.

  7. George

    Also interested in the answer to the 2023 Corsair production question. Ordered Plug in hybrid in December 2022, have heard nothing about a production date.

    1. JJL

      Ordered 2023 Corsair PHEV in September. Told production would start in November, then Dec 16th. Since then silence. Welcome to the club!!

  8. Mike

    Multiple pop-ups continuously blocking content has become more than annoying. Knock it off please.

  9. Jeffrey Dean

    I ordered a 2023 f250 lariat I received a build date of the week of February 13 I have not heard anything I’m trying to get some info thank you Jeff Dean


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