DETROIT -- Chrysler Group's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant will be closed next week because of a parts shortage.
"These supply shortages are not the result of the disaster in Japan," Chrysler said in a statement on Friday.
A Chrysler source, who declined to be identified, said the shutdown is the result of a shortage of two components, one of them an engine "subcomponent." Chrysler makes the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans at the plant. Both are powered by Chrysler's Pentastar V-6 engine.
This is the second parts-related shutdown at the Windsor plant this year. The plant closed for a week in January.
Rick LaPorte, president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 444, told The Windsor Star today: "These unfortunate down weeks continue to interrupt production as the demand for parts continues to grow. Automakers continue to struggle as demand increases, but suppliers do not want to expand their operations."