Ford Motor Co. said a shortage of computer chips will force it to cut production at more than half a dozen U.S. factories in July, a sign that supply chain problems could take longer to resolve than executives know. of the auto industry believed previously.
Ford said Wednesday that its pickup truck factories in Michigan, Kentucky and Missouri will reduce or halt production for much of July, while an Explorer plant in Chicago will be idle for the entire month. The production of several other popular models will also be reduced or eliminated, including the Escape SUV and the sports Mustang.
The Chicago plant and factories that assemble the trucks, Ford’s main source of revenue, had cut production earlier this spring due to chip shortages, but had returned to a peak in recent weeks, said one. spokesman.
Executives at Ford and other automakers have said chip shortages should start to wane in the third quarter, but cautioned that the situation is fluid.
Ford said it is prioritizing the completion of thousands of vehicles it has assembled in recent months but parked in lots near factories awaiting necessary computer chips. It will continue to build new vehicles, but will halt production so it can get some of those intercepted models out, the company said.