Ford F-150 Lightning Deliveries Halted Over Quality Concern

After scaling back F-150 Lightning production in a significant way, Ford is now delaying deliveries of its electric pickup.

The automaker stopped shipping all 2024 units on February 9 as it works to address an “undisclosed quality issue,” Automotive News reported last Friday, citing a Ford spokesperson that failed to specify how long the interruption will last.

However, the same rep also mentioned that the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan continues to build F-150 Lightnings. As for the conventionally powered F-150, the updated 2024 model entered production in December and began deliveries to U.S. dealers a week ago.

According to the Detroit Free Press, a "supplier parts concern" idled production of both gas and electric F-150s for about a week in late January, but Ford was similarly coy about the specifics.

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Just over 12 months earlier, Ford CEO Jim Farley said that “fixing quality is my No. 1 priority” and that “nothing else matters,” but warned that improvements wouldn’t come overnight.

The automaker has implemented new vehicle testing and quality control processes, beginning with the 2023 Ford Super Duty, but that didn’t stop it from leading the auto industry in recalls for the third straight year.

Hopefully, whether we’re talking about the F-150 Lightning or upcoming products such as the 2025 Explorer, things will improve for real and Ford customers will have more trust in their vehicles.

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