Ford has begun delivery some pickups and SUVs with lacking options the automaker will add later. It’s an try to take care of a worldwide scarcity of microchips.

The Detroit Free Press experiences that Ford has begun constructing Explorer SUVs with out rear-seat local weather controls. Drivers can nonetheless management the rear-seat local weather zone from the entrance seat.

“The Explorer’s rear-seat heating and air-con management, each the bodily dial system and the semiconductor chip behind it, can be put in by Ford sellers at a later date,” a spokesperson says.

The lacking controls received’t be apparent. A trim plate covers the lacking panel.

Ford advised the Free Press that prospects would obtain a reduction for accepting an Explorer with the rear-seat local weather controls lacking however didn’t specify the worth break.

The transfer comes months after Ford eliminated a fuel-saving begin/cease characteristic from some F-150 pickups. Ford gave patrons a $50 low cost to compensate for eradicating the beginning/cease machine.

Basic Motors made an identical transfer with heated seats and steering wheels final yr.

Consultants count on the microchip scarcity to ease late in 2022.