On May 2, a supplier plant caught fire. This has affected the output of Ford vehicles, specifically the F-Series pickups. The automaker has temporarily suspended production of the F-150 and Super Duty trucks for certain plants, due to a shortage of die-cast components that would have come from the supplier plant.

The F-150 production is being halted in Kansas City, Missouri, and Dearborn, Michigan, until May 14. Ford has also stated that this may be subject to change. The Louisville, Kentucky plant is also offline. While this is where the Super Duty is built, they're also produced in the Ohio Assembly plant, which hasn't been affected.

Joe Hinrichs, executive vice president and president of Global Operations, expressed concern towards the F-150's availability.

“This is a fluid situation, but we are working closely with our supplier partners to do everything we can to limit the impact on our production. It’s a full team effort and we’re confident that any impacts will be short term. The good news is we have strong inventories of our best-selling F-Series pickups and other vehicles, and customers won’t have a problem finding the model they want.”

The supplier, Meridian Magnesium Products of America, produced a front bolster for the F-150, Super Duty, Expedition, and Navigator. It also provides a third-row seat cushion pan for the Explorer, Flex, and MKT. Though only the F-150 and Super Duty are affected by this event. At least for Ford.

According to BMW, production of the X5 and X6 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, has also been affected by the unfortunate event. The Chrysler Pacifica's production in Windsor, Ontario has also been disrupted.

Our sympathies go out to everyone who worked at the plant. We hope they're getting by well enough.