Ford and Volvo pull safety features amid chip shortage

Semiconductor shortage sees some carmakers compromise on features while others pause production

Ford and Volvo pull safety features amid chip shortage

Some vehicle manufacturers are producing models with fewer semiconductor chips by reducing the number of safety features, it has been revealed.

It comes as manufacturers continue to struggle with the ongoing worldwide chip shortage.

A Ford spokesperson told Autocar: “The global semiconductor chip shortage has affected almost all vehicle manufacturers around the world, including Ford.

“In order to meet the needs of our customers for Puma and EcoSport, Ford is realigning the content of a small volume of vehicles to mitigate the impact of the chip shortage.”

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According to Ford’s latest Puma price list, Design versions of the ST-Line no longer feature high beam assistance, rear parking sensors, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking (AEB), pedestrian and cyclist detection, and post-collision braking.

Meanwhile, Volvo has confirmed that the shortage of semiconductors has forced it to scale back the features of its Driver Awareness pack on the XC60.

A Volvo Car UK spokesperson said: “This package contains Blindspot Information System with Steer Assist, Cross Traffic Alert with Autobrake, and RCWM Rear Collision Warning and Mitigation.

“The XC60’s high basic safety standard is not affected.

“These features do not have an impact on the safety rating – for example, the Euro NCAP rating – of our cars.

“The safety level of our cars is fully sufficient with the standard safety features.”

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