Ford told Roadshow it still hasn’t determined a timeframe to restart its production plants in North America, but it continues to assess the situation.
"FCA remains focused on implementing robust protocols that will make our employees feel confident that all precautions have been taken to ensure our facilities are safe, secure and disinfected when production resumes," a FCA spokesperson told Roadshow.
The planned return-to-work date could make it the first US automaker to restart production in the country.
FCA plans to reopen most of its US and Canadian production plants on May 18, though its facility in Belvidere, Illinois, will remain closed until June 1.
The automaker also underscored that it’s developed its restart plan with guidance from the United Auto Workers union, Canadian union Unifor and local governments.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will turn the lights back on and return to work on May 18, the automaker said on Tuesday during its first quarter investor call.
Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz division became the first carmaker to restart production in the US when it ramped up production slowly on April 27.
Ford began sending employees back to work in Europe this week, and FCA has restarted some production in Europe as well.
Hyundai and Kia both restarted production in a limited fashion on Monday at their plants in Georgia and Alabama.
Plants in Mexico will remain closed and the automaker said it would provide an update on its Mexico operations in the near future.
The UAW gave its blessing to FCA’s reopening plan, and in a statement, President Rory Gamble said, "We continue to advocate for as much testing as possible at the current time and eventually full testing when available.
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