Fiesta back on full lock

Full production of the Ford Fiesta resumed at the Dagenham and Cologne plants last Thursday after a week-long stoppage caused by a software error on the production line of a German door latch supplier. Production loss at Dagenham was estimated at about 6,000 vehicles, and the overall cost to Ford could run as high as […]

Full production of the Ford Fiesta resumed at the Dagenham and Cologne plants last Thursday after a week-long stoppage caused by a software error on the production line of a German door latch supplier.

Production loss at Dagenham was estimated at about 6,000 vehicles, and the overall cost to Ford could run as high as £15m.

The production restart followed a commitment from Ruhr-based latch supplier Kiekert that it is able to provide continuing deliveries of door lock components.

‘Kiekert confirmed that it has resolved its 10-day-old software problems and that the additional production problems of one of its sub-suppliers had also been solved,’ Ford said.

‘We’ll be exploring ways of recovering that lost production as soon as possible.’

The stoppage halted production of thousands of Ford Fiestas, Mazda 121s and Combi and Courier vans at Dagenham.