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Ford says battery fire caused production halt of F-150 Lightning electric pickups

Ford Motor Co. said a battery fire in an F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck stored on company property was the cause of a production halt that began early last week. The auto maker said Wednesday evening that the truck was in a holding lot when it caught fire during a pre-delivery quality check, and spread to a nearby truck.

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Ford Motor Co. said a battery fire in an F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck stored on company property was the cause of a production halt that began early last week.

The auto maker said Wednesday evening that the truck was in a holding lot when it caught fire during a pre-delivery quality check, and spread to a nearby truck. “We have no reason to believe F-150 Lightnings already in customers’ hands are affected by this issue,” a company spokeswoman said.

The Detroit Free Press earlier reported that a fire was the cause of the production halt. 

Ford F, -0.31% said Tuesday it paused output and shipments of its electric pickup early last week to inspect a potential battery issue. It said Wednesday afternoon that it believed it found the root cause of the problem, and production would be down until at least the end of next week.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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