After debuting to high demand and short supply amid various constraints, the Ford F-150 Lightninghas 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 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.
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.