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Ford to Idle Transit Production for Two Weeks

September 20, 2017

Photo of 2015-MY Transit courtesy of Ford.
Photo of 2015-MY Transit courtesy of Ford.

Ford Motor Co. will halt production of its Transit full-size van for two weeks to better align production with demand, the company said.

Work at the Kansas City Assembly Plant's Transit lines will be halted for the two weeks starting later this month. Ford will continue to build F-150 trucks on the plant's pickup line.

The move is part of a plan to implement down weeks at five of its assembly plants, a company spokeswoman said.

"We are continuing to match production with customer demand, as we always do, and we are on track for our dealer inventories to remain at planned levels by year-end," said Kelli Felker, Ford's manufacturing and labor spokesperson. "We are planning down weeks at some of our plants through the end of the year, including three weeks at Cuautitlan Assembly Plant, two weeks at Hermosillo Assembly Plant, two weeks at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, one week at Michigan Assembly Plant and two weeks at Kansas City Assembly Plant on the Transit side only."

Ford is dealing with a recall of 2015- to 2017-model-year Transit vans announced in late June to replace a driveshaft flexible coupling. Ford has recalled 370,630 Transit vans in the U.S. and more than 402,000 in North America. The recall will cost Ford approximately $142 million, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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