Earthquake, Tsunami Cause Parts Shortages and Production Cuts


Wall Street Journal - March 23, 2011

The Japan­ese earth­quake and tsuna­mi are caus­ing pro­duc­tion cuts at GM, Ford, and Chrysler as well as Toy­ota and Hon­da. Only Nis­san is resum­ing full parts and vehi­cle pro­duc­tion at this time. GM’s Shreve­port and Chrysler’s Wind­sor plant have reduced pro­duc­tion. Parts short­ages are a result of the loss of many parts com­pa­nies dur­ing the reces­sion. Over­all pro­duc­tion should not be dra­mat­i­cal­ly changed, but short­ages will remain for months.