Ford is experiencing a parts shortage for V-6 models of the popular 2011 F-150 trucks. At the Dearborn Truck Plant, about 300 workers are on temporary layoff until Monday, by which time the problem is expected to be resolved.
Many automotive suppliers have downsized their operations in the last couple years and, as the economy improves, this has occasionally become an issue.
“Now we’re seeing increased demand, and there have been times where suppliers can’t keep up,” said Ford spokesman Todd Nissen to the Detroit News.
In 2010, F-Series sales increased 27.7 percent with total sales of 528,349. The 3.7-liter V-6 and EcoBoost 3.5-liter V-6 engines affected are two of four engine options on the F-150 for the 2011 model year. The 3.7-liter unit makes 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque while the EcoBoost engine produces 365 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. A 5.0-liter V-8 and a 6.2-liter V-8 are also available.
Source: Detroit News, Ford