It's one of several Stellantis products to be affected recently.
Last week, Hyundai said that the ongoing chip shortage won't get any worse than it is now, raising hopes that one of the greatest challenges of the year for automakers has an end in sight. But that doesn't mean that more production cuts don't lie ahead.
The latest word is that the chip shortage will halt production of the Jeep Gladiator pickup. Specifically, the Toledo South Assembly Plant in Ohio where the Gladiator is produced. The Jeep Wrangler is produced at the Toledo North facility and is fortunately unaffected by the shortage for now. However, the Gladiator isn't the only product from Stellantis that will be disrupted.
Earlier this month, production came to a halt at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant and Jefferson North Assembly Plant. This directly affected vehicles like the high-selling Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
"Stellantis continues to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry," said spokeswoman Jodi Tinson.
Elsewhere, the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario where Chrysler minivans are produced will also be impacted later in August. In Belvidere, Illinois, production of the Jeep Cherokee is expected to continue with one shift next week after a second shift was indefinitely suspended.
It's worth noting that as the situation is a developing one, automakers are responding almost in real-time and don't always know when suspension of production will be needed. According to Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, the chip shortage will continue into next year. That means that we're facing at least another five months of shortages which could either lead to production stoppages or vehicles being manufactured without some key features.
Earlier in July, the Cadillac Escalade SUV was being produced without an Electronic Steering Column Lock, and the same applied to the GMC Yukon and Chevrolet Tahoe. Clearly, automakers are not out of the woods yet and we expect more production delays in the months ahead.