Quality problems stalling 2020 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator deliveries?
The SUVs are reportedly being shipped between assembly facilities to resolve the issues.
Ford is reportedly experiencing production difficulties with the 2020 Explorer and Lincoln Aviator.
The redesigned SUVs are being shipped from Ford's Chicago factory to a second plant near Detroit to address "a series of complicated problems" that have perplexed workers, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"Making updates to preproduction models based on all-new platforms as they roll off the assembly line - is standard industry practice," a spokesperson said in a statement.
Some dealers have reported frustration among customers who dropped money on preorders and are still waiting. The company is apparently shipping some vehicles after the issues are addressed in Flat Rock, though the flow is said to be limited.
Unnamed insiders suggest the teams are dealing with chassis issues that are being diagnosed with help from X-ray scanners, while transmission problems have led to difficulty shifting the vehicle into park or activating the parking brake to prevent rollaway. Other notable hiccups are said to include air-conditioning systems that do not blow cold air and failures with the Aviator's auto-leveling air suspension.
Despite reportedly calling in workers from all over Michigan and even Kentucky to help at Flat Rock, the team is said to be completing just 100 cars per shift with a backlog of 12,000 awaiting rework before shipping off to dealerships.