Japanese Parts Shortage Affects U.S. Production

The New York Times - March 16, 2011

Gen­er­al Motors will tem­porar­i­ly shut a truck plant in Louisiana because it could not get enough Japan­ese-made parts. Ana­lysts say this is the first in what could be wide­spread dis­rup­tions at auto plants in North Amer­i­ca because of the earth­quake, tsuna­mi and nuclear cri­sis half a world away. That it was GM, rather than one of the Japan­ese automak­ers, that suc­cumbed first to the short­age shows how much the indus­try depends on far-flung sup­pli­ers.