2024 Ford F-150 Hit By Delivery Delays

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, Automotive Editor - February 27, 2024
2024 Ford F-150

Shoppers who have been waiting for their 2024 Ford F-150 and all-electric F-150 Lightning to be delivered are potentially looking at waiting a little bit longer for their trucks to arrive. While production of the 2024 F-150 line began last December, Automotive News reports that deliveries of F-150 pickup trucks have been delayed due to “an undisclosed quality issue.”

The outlet claims that hundreds or possibly even thousands of gas-powered and all-electric F-150 pickup trucks have been piling up in a large holding lot in the Detroit area. Ford began to ship gas-powered F-150 models to dealerships and buyers this week, but the F-150 Lightning continues to be under a stop-ship order. A Ford spokesperson told Automotive News that the stop-ship order for the F-150 Lightning went into effect on February 9, 2024. At the moment, information on when the stop-ship order will be lifted isn’t available.

"We started shipping the first newly designed F-150 pickups to dealers this week," Ford said in a statement to the outlet. "MY24 Lightnings started shipping last month. We expect to ramp up shipments in the coming weeks as we complete thorough launch quality checks to ensure these new F-150s meet our high standards and delight customers."

2024 Ford F-150 Dashboard

By delivering F-150 this early in 2024, Ford is meeting its original time frame of “early 2024” that it promised when it originally announced the 2024 model. Unfortunately, Automotive News claims that some F-150 pickup trucks have been sitting in holding lots since December 2023. An undisclosed commercial customer claims that their order for roughly 100 F-150 pickup trucks has been delayed by nearly eight weeks so far.

As Auto News points out, it’s not unusual for Ford, General Motors, or Stellantis to use holdings lots near Detroit to house a large number of vehicles. In fact, during the COVID-19 pandemic when automakers were having a hard time finding semiconductor chips and other necessary components to manufacture vehicles, American automakers kept thousands of vehicles on lots until the necessary components became available. With components more readily available, this practice has become unusual. Automotive News, though, claims that keeping vehicles on lots is “rare for an automaker” without providing a specific reason for housing the vehicles.

Before the end of January, Ford idled production of gas-powered and all-electric F-150 models because of a “supplier parts concern” for roughly a week. Since then, Ford has not shared any information on issues surrounding the F-150.

2024 Ford F-150

The issues for the “undisclosed quality issue” for the F-150 comes at a time when Ford’s CEO, Jim Farley, has expressed the automaker’s focus on quality. During Ford’s fourth-quarter earnings call with reporters, Farley admitted that “regrets and missteps” have plagued the automaker for years. The American automaker has led the entire automotive industry in regard to the number of recalls it’s made over the past three years.

To fix the issue, Ford has reportedly reworked its bonus structure for executives to link payouts to improvements in quality. The automaker has also updated its vehicle testing and launch quality processes.

The 2024 Ford F-150 has been refreshed for the new model year. The pickup truck arrives with an updated exterior design, a new Pro Access Tailgate feature, a revised powertrain lineup, Blue Cruise as an optional feature, a new Tremor trim, and more advanced tech features.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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