Wednesday, February 8, 2023
News Ford Quality Problems Cost the Automaker More than $4 Billion Last Year

Ford Quality Problems Cost the Automaker More than $4 Billion Last Year

  • This amount was up 76% from five years ago.

  • Ford products have been recalled more than 4.5 times more than GM vehicles.

Recall stories aren’t exactly the most exciting, but they serve a purpose or more in fact. Not only do they help to alert owners, but they also work as a way to gauge how things are going for a given automaker. Over at Ford, things are not going well.

Ford is Recalling More than 100,000 Hybrid Vehicles in the US

In the first seven months of 2022 alone, Ford has issued 46 separate safety recalls covering a staggering 6.8 million vehicles. Many readers might point out that Tesla’s recalled many of its vehicles so far this year as well. It’s true but at 2.26 million recalled vehicles, that’s three times fewer than Ford. How about Stellantis? Many recalls also but 5.3 times fewer vehicles were affected by safety issues.

In January of 2022, Josh Halliburton, previously at J.D. Power where he advised companies on production quality, was hired to help improve its shaky quality record. According to the Wall Street Journal(subscription required), he has now come face-to-face with the size of the task at hand.

The Ford Bronco and Ranger are Being Recalled for an Improperly bonded Windshield

“That’s not good enough,” said Mr. Halliburton, Ford’s newly hired executive director of quality. “We want to be a quality leader.”

Ford wants to save $3 billion in annual costs by 2026 however in 2021 alone, they set aside more than $4 billion for warranty costs. Based on the first half of 2022, the price tag will be hefty once more this year.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai


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