Last week, Ford Motor Company announced that they have suspended production in North America due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Ford, along with United Auto Workers (UAW) union, said that all factories across North America are closed beginning March 18. During the shutdown, all of the factories were disinfected in order to keep the workforce safe from the coronavirus.
The company originally planned to restart production after March 30, 2020. But it looks like there has been a change of plans as the automaker announced that they will not be restarting production next week. Ford stated that due to the government's orders to stay and work from home, they have decided to defer the restarting of the factories in North America.
“Ford’s top priority is the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders,” said Kumar Galhotra, president of Ford North America.
With the planned restarting of production abandoned, Ford plans to begin vehicle production once more as early as April 6. The first factory that they plan to reopen is the Hermosillo Assembly Plant in Mexico. Meanwhile, the company is looking to restart production at the Dearborn Truck Plant, Kentucky Truck Plant, Kansas City Assembly Plant's Transit Line, and the Ohio Assembly Plant come April 14.
In addition, Ford is also aiming to resume production at the Dearborn Stamping and Diversified Manufacturing Plants, the stamping plants in the Kentucky and Kansas facilities, the Sharonville transmission factory, and portions of the Lima engine, Van Dyke transmission, and Rawsonville components factories on April 14.
To date, the U.S. has 85,268 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 1,293 deaths caused by the contagious disease, and 1,894 recoveries. Meanwhile, Canada has recorded 4,043 cases, 39 fatalities, and 228 cured. As for Mexico, there have been 475 confirmed infections, 6 deaths, and 4 cured of the COVID-19.
With those kinds of figures affecting North America, perhaps it's no wonder that Ford decided to delay the restarting of production. With it, expect some sort of delay in the delivery of several models like the Expedition, Mustang, and the Explorer.