A recent story by the Detroit Free Press reports that many brand new 2021 Ford F-150 trucks are being either repaired or finished by non-union workers at the company’s Flat Rock facility. These are new trucks that have not yet been delivered to dealerships or customers. Some of the reported repairs and finishing works has to do with the seatbelts.
The source reports that non-union (or non-UAW) workers being shuttled to the facility to do the repairs. TFLtruck has not been able to reach Ford for comment at this time. Although, a Ford spokesperson tells the source that these “issues” affect just the early-built trucks that were held back for quality inspections. All other newly built F-150 trucks that are coming off the line now are being shipped and delivered to dealers. This has to do with the F-150 stockpile we reported on earlier. These fixes may affect thousands of early-built trucks (6,000 – 7,000 trucks).
While exact issues are unknown, it appears that Ford has identified the cause or causes. This is why they are making the adjustments and were able to correct the issues at their factories (since latest trucks are not being held back).
It is currently unclear as to why non-union or other contractors are performing the work. It may be because these workers are trained to correct this issue specifically, but other factors may be involved.
Many dealerships across the country are starting to receive the new 2021 Ford F-150 trucks. I recently found this XL STX truck that you watch below.