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Why Has Ford Halted F-150 Truck Production Lines?

Ford will stop F-150 production lines at its Dearborn Truck Plant Wednesday night because of a fire at a parts supplier, The Detroit News reported.

Earlier in the week, Ford stopped making F-150s at a Kansas City plant because it didn’t have the parts to build the trucks due to the same fire.

Magnesium die-cast components supplier Meridian Magnesium Products in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, suffered an explosion followed by a major fire on May 2.

“I think it’s safe to say we’re going to see an impact for several days, but we can’t say beyond that,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s executive vice president and president of global operations, said in a Wednesday evening conference call. “We do not see the situation impacting sales at all.”

Other companies, including BMW and Mercedes-Benz, have also halted or adjusted production due to the parts shortage.

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