Ford to Replace Removable Hardtop on All New 2021 Broncos
After months and months of waiting, some of the people who lined up to be among the first to own an all-new 2021 Ford Bronco finally have their vehicle. However, for those still waiting on their Bronco delivery, there’s bad news. On Thursday, Ford announced further delays are coming due to issues with the SUV’s molded-in-color (MIC) hardtop.
In a statement to Roadshow, Ford said that hardtops already in the wild do not meet its standards. According to the automaker, the issues are strictly cosmetic and do not pose a risk to safety or the vehicle’s functionality. No soft-top models are affected.
Ford will issue replacements for all hardtop Bronco models, regardless of whether they are in owners’ driveways, sitting on dealers’ lots, or in transit to a final location. If the vehicle is ready for delivery at a dealer, buyers can take the vehicle home and receive a hardtop replacement notification letter soon. The lucky few already driving their Broncos don’t need to take any action, as Ford notes it will notify them with instructions on the next steps. The automaker says it will prioritize the oldest Broncos first and notes that the first replacements won’t be available until October.
People still waiting for their Broncos to be built are in for a bumpy ride. If the scheduled production date has passed, the vehicle is stuck in production somewhere, awaiting a new MIC hardtop. Ford says that these buyers will receive more information in September. Buyers with a future scheduled build date should expect delays and will receive more information in October. Finally, anyone with a Bronco not yet scheduled for production could be waiting until 2022 to receive their vehicle.
This isn’t the first time the hardtop has caused headaches for hopeful Bronco owners. The vehicle’s original production timeline was pushed back because of issues with the top, though this time around, it appears Ford will try to appease the buyers that have to wait the longest. People waiting until 2022 to receive a Bronco will have access to new colors and options and will receive Bronco merchandise. Ford will also offer price protection to these buyers so that a 2022 Bronco won’t cost more than the 2021 model they ordered.
Roadshow is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on August 12, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.