Shortage of Electrical Components, Other Parts Could Limit Auto Production

The Republic - April 21, 2011

As Japan­ese automak­ers strug­gle to resume pro­duc­tion after the dev­as­tat­ing March 11 earth­quake and tsuna­mi, the indus­try is brac­ing itself for short­ages of micro­con­trollers, com­put­er chips, sen­sors, LCD dis­plays and paint pig­ments. Japan is a major man­u­fac­tur­er of sophis­ti­cat­ed elec­tri­cal com­po­nents. Con­se­quent­ly, options such as nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems, lane-depar­ture warn­ing devices, cooled seats and even some shades of red, black and white may be scarce at car deal­er­ships in a few weeks.