Ford Shipping Explorers without Some Semiconductor Chips
March 17, 2022—Ford is starting to ship Explorer SUVs without some semiconductor chips due to the ongoing global shortage.
The Detroit automaker over the weekend said Explorers would be built without rear-seat controls for heat and air conditioner. According to a report from CNN Business, dealers will install the chip at no cost to the driver once supplies become more readily available.
"We're doing this as a way to get our customers their vehicles sooner," Ford spokesperson Said Deep said in the report.
This is one of several concession Ford customers -- and car buyers in general -- have had to make due to the shortage. Ford has already had to remove its start-stop feature, which can only be added when vehicle is being built, on F-150 pickups. Customers were given a choice either to take their truck without the feature and get a $50 credit or wait until more chips are available and the feature can be added.
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