The Blue Oval – like every automaker on earth – has faced its fair share of production challenges over the past few years, which have impacted a wide array of models – even the perennially best-selling Ford F-150. This was true of the 2023 model, in fact, which prompted FoMoCo to scale back production last August, as well as the Ford F-150 Lightning, though that model is facing weaker-than-expected demand, which is what prompted its latest production cut. Now, with production of the refreshed 2024 Ford F-150 already underway, it appears that the newest version of the pickup is also facing its own parts issues, according to the Detroit Free Press.
As a result, 2024 Ford F-150 production at the Dearborn Truck Plant was paused from January 25th-31st, resulting in the temporary layoffs of around 5,200 UAW workers. The same was true of the Kansas City Assembly plant, where production was paused from January 25th-February 1st, impacting around 4,500 workers, though production has since resumed at both plants. Both production pauses stemmed from a supplier parts issue, though FoMoCo didn’t reveal which supplier, nor what part caused these temporary shutdowns.
Meanwhile, this particular issue also paused F-150 Lightning production at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center during the same exact dates as the Dearborn Truck plant, though now, all three facilities are back up and running with regular factory shifts in operation as the automaker works to make up for that lost time.
“Production was paused temporarily because of a supplier parts concern and resumed this morning,” said Ford spokeswoman Jessica Enoch. “We are vigilant about ensuring that the vehicles our customers receive are built with the quality they expect and we are taking appropriate actions to deliver on that commitment.”