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2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Faces New Round Of Quality Checks

After debuting to high demand and short supply amid various constraints, the Ford F-150 Lightning has since received a bit of a boost  as The Blue Oval physically increased the footprint of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center where the EV pickup is built, while the automaker also moved 800 workers from the Dearborn Truck plant over to the Rouge facility next door and hired 300 new employees to support this expansion. Production of the EV pickup resumed back in early August with order banks for the XLT and Pro reopening, but now, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is facing a new round of quality checks, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Ford F-150 Lightning Rouge Electric Vehicle Center Expansion - Exterior 002 - Rear Three Quarters

Ford spokesman Marty Gunsberg confirmed that the automaker is subjecting 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning pickups to “additional quality checks” at the Rouge plant, and is now working to match supply with demand as it also prepares to convert over to 2024 model year production.

“As a result, we have canceled some dealer stock orders not submitted as pre-sold” for the 2023 model year, Gunsberg said, though he added that no retail customer orders have been canceled. “Our manufacturing team is critical to our quality efforts because they are the last line of defense for delivery to our customers. We’ve identified a couple of additional areas where we believe additional checks are necessary as we ramp up production.” Gunsberg noted that these areas of concern are not safety related, though he also didn’t reveal what the problem is, nor how many orders were ultimately canceled.

Ford Rouge Electric Vehicle Center F-150 Lightning Production Process - Exterior 001 - Front Three Quarters

This is notable after Ford paused F-150 Lightning production for five weeks earlier this year following a fire that occurred in one of the automaker’s holding lots. The Blue Oval later found that the source of that blaze was attributed to the battery pack’s assembly, and has since worked with supplier SK On to remedy the problem.

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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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Comments

  1. steve

    I could not even fathom owning a Ford Lighting with all the problems they are having, and the owners complaints and the class action law suits will be coming. I know these may work one day, but there has not been enough seat time and real world driving for these first year unit’s. in a couple more years they will know whats wrong, and these unit’s will be worthless.

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  2. Smitty

    I agree 100% Only time will tell with these trucks… It’s a shame that price over “quality” has become the new norm!!

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    1. Mf

      You seen the prices on these? A Platinum is over $100k! If they put price over quality, they’d be charging $150k for these if they put quality first.

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  3. Michael K

    Isn’t improving quality the reason they are selling fewer Lightings? I mean they could just pump them out there to customers to juice the numbers…but they aren’t doing that. It might be frustrating, but they are doing what they should always be doing. Stopping at nothing to get it right.

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    1. Mf

      Haha, no. The reason they’re selling fewer Lightnings is that customers don’t want them.

      Wall St wanted them, but Main St doesn’t.

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  4. Alfred

    I think a lot of you are forgetting, GM and RAM EV trucks are going to have significantly more range as the reason some are dropping out of Ford but also the T3 is going to have more range.

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