CHARLOTTE – Ford Motor Co. will cut shifts at two of its factories in the United States next week due to a global chip shortage that has also affected other automakers, the company said Thursday.
Starting Monday, Ford will cut two shifts at its Dearborn, Michigan plant, resulting in only working one daily shift. It will also reduce one shift at its Kansas City, Missouri plant to two shifts per day.
Both plants produce the F-150 pickup truck, Ford’s most popular model, and part of the F-Series, America’s best-selling vehicle.
Both plants will return to the three daily shifts starting on February 15.
“We are working closely with suppliers to address potential production constraints related to global semiconductor shortages and working to prioritize key vehicle production lines, making the most of our semiconductor allocation,” the company stated in a statement.
Ford is not the only automaker to cut production due to chip shortages. General Motors will take similar measures at three of its plants – one in the United States, one in Canada and one in Mexico – starting February 8.
Other automakers such as Nissan, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota have also been hit by the chip shortage.