MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Detroit-based auto giant General Motors Co. said that it would halt production at four plants in the United States and Canada for two weeks since Monday due to supply-chain problems caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan.
"This temporary adjustment is not expected to have any material impact on GM’s full-year production plans in North America. In addition, the company does not expect a material impact to its second quarter or full-year financial results for GM North America," the automotive manufacturer said in a statement on Friday.
On April 14, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck to the east of Kumamoto city on Japan’s Kyushu Island. It was followed by multiple aftershocks. The following day, the same area was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.
In the wake of the major quakes, Japanese manufacturers Toyota and Nissan were also forced to suspend production at their plants at home due to parts supply problems.