DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – Owners of new Ford vehicles will be able to tune in to AM radio in their cars, trucks and SUVs after the company reversed a decision to scrub the band.
CEO Jim Farley took to social media on Tuesday and said the company’s about-face comes after speaking with government policy leaders. They expressed concern over keeping emergency alerts that often are sounded on AM stations.
The move comes after a bipartisan group of federal lawmakers introduced a bill calling on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to require AM in new vehicles at no additional cost.
The National Association of Broadcasters along with Nielsen data report more than 80 million people in the U.S. listen to AM radio every month.
The company also took it out of the 2024 gasoline-powered Mustang, but will add it back in before any of the muscle cars are delivered.
The EVs will get an online software update to put AM back into the vehicles, and Ford will keep including it in future vehicles as it looks at innovative ways to deliver emergency alerts.