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Ford Halts All Shipments of the 2024 F-150 Lightning

Ford hasn't detailed why it issued the stop-ship order in the first place

2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Platinum Black front
  • Ford issued a stop-ship order for the F-150 Lightning early this month and has yet to lift it.
  • However, Ford insists shipping will resume in the coming "weeks."
  • Ford has yet to truly clarify why the order was issued, or why it hasn't also stopped the sale of the 2024 Lightnings already on or on their way to dealer lots.

Speaking to Automotive News, a Ford spokesperson said that the automaker has halted shipments of its F-150 Lightning electric pickup beginning on February 9. Ford issued a statement on the stop-ship, saying that 2024 Lightning shipments will “ramp up” in the coming weeks as the vehicles pass quality checks. However, Ford hasn’t yet given a clear reason why the order was issued in the first place, but the Automotive News article points to an “undisclosed quality issue” as the culprit. However, the automaker hasn't issued a stop-sale for 2024 F-150 Lightnings already on or on their way to dealer lots, so we're not sure what to make of this reasoning.

The stop-ship is the latest in a series of delays Ford has faced for the refreshed 2024 F-150. In December, gasoline models began piling up in Detroit lots. Per Ford’s statement, shipping for those has only just resumed this week. One commercial buyer told Automotive News they had been waiting weeks for their order of almost 100 trucks, indicating that while Ford has met its early 2024 shipment timeframe, some customers could already be looking at delays.

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Ford’s vagueness over the reasons for the stop-ship order isn’t confidence-inspiring, and the automaker hasn't issued a stop-sale of 2024 F-150 Lightnings at dealer lots either. If indeed quality issues are the reason for implementing the stop-ship order, we hope they get fixed soon.