Inside one week, Ford Motor Co. will begin transport new hardtop roofs to sellers ready to switch the defective ones on 2021 Broncos already delivered, the Free Press has realized. 

Additionally, Ford will probably be putting in the brand new tops in 2021 Broncos which were held again, then transport these autos.

“Testing has been accomplished,” Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco advertising and marketing supervisor, instructed the Free Press on Tuesday. “We’re ramping up manufacturing of the brand new roof.”

Ford will contact clients when tops are able to be put in.

1000’s of shoppers are ready for the brand new hardtops.

Three weeks in the past, Ford introduced that it will change all 2021 Bronco hardtops for purchasers and sellers after excessive water and humidity modified their look. 

As well as, Ford held its huge provide of non-delivered autos in giant tons because the manufacturing course of advanced.

In early July, the Free Press first reported that the Webasto hardtop issues had been disrupting manufacturing and supply of a product that started with 125,000 orders.

Ford started transport the recent new SUV from its Michigan Meeting Plant in Wayne in mid-June. The semiconductor chip scarcity, COVID-19 challenges and provide chain points mixed with a producing downside to create a high-profile headache. 

Mark Grueber, Ford Bronco marketing manager, has worked for 25 years to bring the vehicle back to the market almost since the day it went out of production on June 12, 1996. Now he's trying to get the hardtop issues resolved.

“We’ve began the roof replacements on the hardtop. We’ll be persevering with to ramp that as much as change the roofs on autos at present being held needing the brand new roof,” Grueber instructed the Free Press. “Shortly, we’ll be beginning to ship the brand new roofs out to sellers for these autos which have already been delivered. We anticipate to be transport the roofs and the Broncos with the brand new roofs throughout the week.”

This four-door Ford Bronco with molded-in-color hardtop is currently being made and delivered.

The one delay now, he mentioned, is the time it takes to run all Broncos which were sitting awhile via complete inspection.

“We’ll do a water take a look at on the brand new roof as nicely. We’ll ensure they’re prepared on the market,” Grueber mentioned. “We’re working onerous to get clients their Broncos as quickly as attainable and we thank them for his or her continued endurance.”

(Editor’s notice: An earlier model of this story mentioned clients ought to contact sellers to make preparations. Ford says it should contact affected clients to make preparations to switch hardtops.)

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