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Ford suspended all its production of its F-150 pickup, the bestselling vehicle in the nation for over 35 years, due to a parts shortage.

Ford claims that it only accounts for less than a third of the output from the Meridian plant. These are the only two plants that make the F-150.

Ford has also stopped production of the F-Series Super Duty pickup at its plant in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Ford Essex engine plant will be closed for the rest of this week. A Ford spokeswoman said on Wednesday the automaker is working closely with the supplier to get production restarted, but declined to provide details.

"Customers won't have a problem finding the model they want", he said.

Last month, Ford sold more than 73,000 F-series pickups with a majority being the F-150 model. It has already shut down a plant just outside Kansas City, Missouri.

Insiders suggest the assembly lines could remain idle for several weeks as Ford tries to source the missing parts from elsewhere. The truck's hood latches to the bolster and the radiator bolts into it, she said.

Taken together, Ford will be forced to delay regular weekly delivery of 15,000 vehicles. At the current sales rate, Ford Motor Co. has enough trucks to last 84 days.

Meridian Magnesium Products, owned by the Chinese Wanfeng Auto Holdings is the only supplier in North America that has the ability to supply this product at the volume Ford requires. Jonas recently said the F-150 alone may be worth more than the whole company amid a slump in Ford shares.

Ford expects the production shortage will "have an adverse impact" on near-term results but it maintains full-year EPS guidance of $1.45-$1.70.

Only two facilities make the F-150, one in Kansas City, and another in Dearborn.

Paul Malewski, Mayor of Eaton Rapids, told The Lansing State Journal that the incident happened around 1:30 a.m., when a fire and subsequent explosions occurred while workers were changing shifts.


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