DETROIT -- Parts shortages closed Chryslers two Canadian plants this afternoon. The plants, in Brampton, and Windsor, Ontario, build some of Chryslers most popular vehicles, including the minivans and Dodge Challenger sports coupe.
The plants will stay closed until Chrysler emerges from bankruptcy reorganization, said company spokeswoman Dianna Gutierrez.
Some suppliers chose not to ship parts, Gutierrez said. We cant build vehicles without parts. The suppliers stopped shipment even though Chryslers Canadian operations are not part of the bankruptcy proceedings.
Chrysler officials have said the company plans to emerge from Chapter 11 reorganization in 30 to 60 days. Even with no production for the next four to eight weeks, Chrysler believes dealers wont run out of vehicles and consumers will still be able to find the model with the options they want, said Chrysler spokeswoman Carrie McElwee.
All of Chryslers U.S. plants are scheduled to halt production Monday and stay closed until Chrysler emerges from Chapter 11. Chryslers plant closures could cause major heartburn for suppliers, which also must halt production while Chrysler reorganizes.