Ford set to renew F-150 Lightning manufacturing subsequent week


By David Shepardson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co stated on Friday it was on monitor to renew manufacturing of F-150 Lightning autos on Monday after the No. 2 U.S. automaker recalled 18 electrical vans as a consequence of a battery cell manufacturing defect.

The recall introduced Friday stemmed from manufacturing over a four-week interval beginning on the finish of final 12 months. Ford stated it had just lately established “that 18 autos containing cells from that four-week interval had made it to sellers and clients.”

Ford stated it’ll change the battery packs within the 18 autos however stated it’s not conscious of any fires or any accidents associated to the recall.

The automaker beforehand introduced it deliberate to restart manufacturing Monday after it halted output after a EV battery fireplace in early February.

Ford stated an EV truck caught fireplace Feb. 4 throughout a pre-delivery high quality inspection in an organization holding lot in Dearborn, Michigan and unfold to 2 different vans. The automaker halted manufacturing the subsequent day.

The automaker stated Friday “the foundation trigger recognized was associated to battery cell manufacturing on the SK On plant in Georgia. SK On is the automotive battery unit of SK Innovation (.

Ford stated along with SK On it had “confirmed the foundation causes and have applied high quality actions.”

Ford stated Friday it nonetheless has not set a date for resuming deliveries however stated manufacturing is on monitor to renew Monday with a “clear inventory of battery packs.”

(Reporting by Kannaki Deka in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington; Enhancing by Shinjini Ganguli and David Gregorio)