Vehicles that were already sold will still be built, Ford says.
The company has not said what the issue is, other than it isn’t safety-related.
This decision is apparently part of the production ramp-up process.
Ford has recently cancelled an undisclosed number of dealer orders for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup in order to perform additional quality checks.
According to information shared with the Detroit Free Press, the automaker has cancelled some dealer orders for trucks that haven’t been sold yet.
This means that customer orders will still be fulfilled by the end of the year, ensuring delivery times will remain consistent.
The automaker says this unloading of stock orders will help it perform additional quality control checks, which are needed due to the recent ramp-up in production.
Indeed, it seems some quality issues have popped up on the production line but Ford hasn’t disclosed what they are, other than saying they are not related to the safety of the vehicle.
Quality control problems were to be expected since the automaker aimed to quickly increase the rate at which trucks roll out of the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan for the second half of 2023.
Earlier this year, Ford stopped production for six weeks in order to expand the historic factory, which has allowed it to triple the annual production rate for the electric pickup up to 150,000 units.
We don’t know exactly how many orders for the F-150 Lightning have been cancelled by the automaker, but dealers will most likely receive 2024 models once they can restock their inventory.
Indeed, production is expected to switch over to 2024 models soon, which means that Ford might not reach its production target for the 2023 model year, which has also been impacted by a five-week shutdown back in February after a truck caught fire while charging before being dispatched from the factory.
Source: Detroit Free Press