Ford dealers see parts delay, Toyota idles 2 shifts in Ky.

About 7 percent of parts shipped to Ford Division and Lincoln Mercury dealers in the United States were delayed one to two days as a result of this week's interruption in air travel, the automaker said Friday.

Also Friday, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, North America, Inc., halted one production shift at its Georgetown, Ky., plant because parts have been delayed at the Canadian border. The automaker also halted one shift on Thursday.

The Georgetown plant produces approximately 928 vehicles per shift, including more than 500 Camry sedans. It also assembles the Avalon and the Sienna minivan.

Ford said about 90 percent of its parts shipments to dealers remained uninterrupted because they are handled by ground carriers.

Ford sends only its emergency shipments by air via Federal Express, said Kent O’Hara, Ford Motor Co. North American planning manager for parts supply and logistics. Fed Ex diverted air shipments to the company’s ground network. Barring further disruptions, Fed Ex expects to resume all normal air operations Monday, Sept. 17, O’Hara said.

Ford has kept its Teterboro, N.J., distribution center open 24 hours to help dealers avoid an interruption in parts deliveries in the New York area.

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