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Ford (F +2.3%) recalls 465K 2013 models including the "Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus,...

Ford (F +2.3%) recalls 465K 2013 models including the "Fusion, Flex, Explorer, Taurus, Interceptor Sedan and Interceptor Utility, as well as the 2013 Lincoln MKZ, MKS and MKT" to check a fuel delivery module which may leak and could cause a fire "in the presence of an ignition source," the company says. No fires have been reported to date. The company says it will be September before it can deliver enough replacement parts to cover the recall for all owners.
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  • jpmj4847
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    Where are the 3-D copiers when F needs their replacement parts? 3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality....I believe like Dartmouth College business professor, Richard D'Aveni who said," We're on the verge of the next industrial revolution, no doubt about it." But for now go F, and yes I am long and remaining. My F-ball..This is the time to start slow and keep adding to F and the next industrial revolution....3-D...'on ground, air or sea, when parts break, new ones can be made on the spot, even the tool needed to install them can be made.' Source: The Advocate, June 3, '13, p.10a.jpmj4847
    4 Jun 2013, 02:42 AM Reply Like
  • Ryan Takach
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    Good comment, I suppose if the part in question is all plastic, the 3D printers would be a good solution. But have you seen how long it takes for these printers to make a part? Check this out: http://bit.ly/1349l9C

     

    Technology will improve though, and I suspect these devices will become more commonplace in the automotive industry. I do know that Ford requires their suppliers to inventory all their tools for an extended period, I believe up to 15 years, just for this type of situation. The problem is that when these situations arise, the suppliers have to get the tool out of the warehouse, set it up, do test runs, and then make the parts. This is done in between regular production scheduling, and they charge Ford an arm and leg for this service. Then they will argue over the warranty reclaim for months, and Ford will likely get stuck with most of the cost burden. Their purchase agreements have provisions in them to deal with these warranty situations, and they stipulate that suppliers pay for all warranty recalls related to their parts. However, the difficult part is proving they were at fault: if Ford engineers "sign off" on a part, and it eventually fails, the argument becomes very one sided, and they usually settle for less than half the cost. Given the scope of this recall, it's likely to cost Ford a bit of money, but I see it as a minor setback in the long run. It's just a shame that it's happening on so many vehicle lines, particularly the popular Fusion. Sort of tarnishes the quality reputation of that vehicle.

     

    Still long Ford!!
    4 Jun 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
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