General Motors has announced it will idle production at four factories in North America as a result of the earthquake that hit Japan last week.

The southern end of the Japanese islands was affected by an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale which caused temporarily shutdowns for Toyota, Honda, and Nissan. While domestic manufacturers are slowly resuming operations, the aftermath of the devastating earthquake is now being felt in North America as well.

General Motors has announced it will idle production at four of its factories for the next two weeks due to shortages of components made in Japan. Production of the GMC Acadia and Cadillac XT5 will be halted at the Spring Hill, Tennessee facility, while assembly of the Chevy Cruze will be temporarily stopped at the Lordstown, Ohio plant. In addition, the Chevy Malibu and Buick LaCrosse won’t be made for the following two weeks at the Fairfax, Kansas factory.

The fourth and final plant affected by the earthquake is the one in Oshawa, Ontario where a variety of models are being put together. These include the Chevy Equinox and Impala, along with the Buick Regal and Cadillac XTS.

A similar problem occurred back in 2011 after a huge earthquake that hit northern Japan. Both car factories and supplier facilities were affected, causing a parts shortage that consequently slowed down U.S. production as well.


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