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2024 Ford F-150 Dearborn Track Inventory Situation Explained

Last week, Ford Authority reported that a number of 2024 Ford F-150 and Ford F-150 Lightning pickups were spotted at the automaker’s Dearborn test track, which was previously used to store incomplete pickups that were partially assembled and then stashed away as the automaker awaited parts that were difficult to come by due to various supply chain shortages. At that time, it was unclear if this was why The Blue Oval was parking a number of 2024 Ford F-150 pickups at its test track, but now, the automaker has shed a little light on the situation, according to Automotive News.

Hundreds – or perhaps even thousands – of 2024 Ford F-150 and F-150 Lightning pickups have been piling up at the test track over the past few weeks, and as far as the EV variant is concerned, this action stems from a stop-sale implemented by FoMoCo due to an undisclosed quality issue. That stop-sale was issued back on February 9th, though it’s unclear when it will be lifted at the moment. As far as the 2024 Ford F-150 goes, The Blue Oval noted that it has begun shipping the refreshed pickup, but didn’t disclose if it had discovered any quality issues that might have caused this backup.

“We started shipping the first newly designed F-150 pickups to dealers this week,” Ford said in a statement. “MY24 Lightnings started shipping last month. We expect to ramp up shipments in the coming weeks as we complete thorough launch quality checks to ensure these new F-150s meet our high standards and delight customers.”

Over the past year or so, The Blue Oval has also paused production of a few refreshed or redesigned models when it discovered quality issues early in that process as well – a list that includes the F-150’s F-Series counterpart, the 2023 Ford Super Duty – though that process proved costly. Regardless, Ford CEO Jim Farley recently stated that the automaker is using the Toyota Tundra as a quality benchmark for the 2024 F-150, so it’s certainly possible that it’s working to complete thorough inspections or rectify any potential issues it discovered early in the production process prior to shipping those models to dealers.

We’ll have more on the 2024 Ford F-150 soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-Series newsFord F-150 news, and comprehensive 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. David

    How sad!
    Apparently uaw can demand more money but not build better fords!

  2. Mike

    Shouldn’t they have applied the Toyota benchmark from the outset? I stay away from all pandemic era cars and trucks. 21-24 are to be avoided iMO. Both my 2019 “Pre pandemic” Fords have been near flawless in their reliability.

  3. wjtinfwb

    From what I’ve heard and read, the new Tundra isn’t the paragon of assembly and engineering quality the previous generation Tundra was. I’d be pleased if Ford could just duplicate the assembly quality of my mid-2000s SuperDuty’s. Those trucks were screwed together well and mine have well over 200k on them with zero issues. Not the most refined trucks on the road but they take a beating and come back for more.

  4. Robert Gallagher

    Please stop pnpups

  5. Bob Melhorn

    have had a f150 on order since 9/29/23 , simple truck , running boards and bed cover . put down a 1000.00 deposit . No one can TELL ME WHY i havnt recieved my truck … at 82 i am running out of time …. Bob Melhorn Ret USAF Msgt . disabled 2 tour Vietnam vet


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