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Nissan to close two U.S. plants for three days

By Mark Kleis

Leftlane reported just two days ago that a looming parts shortage may result in Nissan having to temporarily close North American production facilities, and now the automaker has confirmed plans to stop production at two U.S. plants.

Hitachi Ltd., a parts supplier for Nissan Motor Co., is unable to deliver engine computer control units to Nissan which are used for production of several models produced in the U.S., according to Bloomberg. Hitachi is citing an issue with its own supplier, STMicoelectronics, as the reason it cannot produce the parts ordered by the Japanese automaker.

As a result of the shortage, Nissan will lose approximately 15,000 units in Japan, as well as an unknown number of units that would have been produced at two plants in the U.S. The first plant to be closed will be the Smyrna plant in Tennessee, responsible for the Frontier, Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder and Xterra vehicles. The second plant in the U.S. to be temporarily shut down is in Canton, Mississippi, plant, which produces the Altima, Quest, Armada and Titan models.

Nissan is currently projecting the plants to return to normal operation next week following the delivery of the missing parts.



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