The latter facility remains up and running, but overtime shifts are currently out of the question. Another popular model, the Escape crossover and its more luxurious counterpart, the Lincoln Corsair, will have limited production at the Louisville, Kentucky plant for two weeks this month.
Only a month or so ago, few were aware of the importance semiconductor chips play in new vehicles. They control critical vehicle systems from navigation and Bluetooth, to even the windshield wipers. The chip shortage began as a result of the pandemic when it struck last year. Automakers were forced to shut down production completely due to lockdowns.