Wednesday, 08 September 2021 20:28

Ford Mustang Plant Halts Production, Neighbors Evacuated Over Gas Leak

Written by Jacob Oliva, Motor1.com


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Ford Motor Co.’s Flat Rock (MI) Assembly Plant, which produces the Mustang, has halted production, due to investigations related to a gas leak, along with community assistance measures the company currently employs.

While production at the said plant has already been paused because of the Labor Day weekend, Ford decided to extend the holiday at least through Sept. 10, according to Ford spokesperson T. R. Reid via a report by The Detroit News. The downtime will be used to investigate the gas leak, as well as help neighboring residents who were evacuated because of the situation.


Of note, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared states of emergency in Flat Rock the week before Labor Day due to detected benzene in the city’s sanitary system.


Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy said high levels of benzene, which is found in gasoline sold in the U.S., have been detected within a 4-square-mile perimeter including the areas south of Vreeland Road, east of Cahill Road, north of Woodruff Road and west of Interstate 75.


Ford has traced the leaking fumes from a pipe that fuels vehicles built in the plant. The company notes the plant remains safe to its remaining employees.


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