Automakers have cut production in the U.S. and Canda and warn deliveries of new vehicles to dealerships will be delayed due to an ongoing blockade at one of North America's busiest land border crossings.
Protestors, demanding anything from the end of vaccine mandates to the ousting of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, brought traffic onto and off the Ambassador Bridge to a standstill Monday evening in Windsor, Ontario, and refuse to budge until certain public health measures, such as vaccine mandates, designed to curb the spread of COVID-19, are rescinded.
Canadian production has been disrupted for the last two days, but now U.S. production is feeling the pain as well.
General Motors said it canceled production at its Lansing Delta Township assembly plant on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning because of a parts shortage caused by the blockade.
GM said no other U.S. shifts have been canceled. Lansing Delta Township builds the Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave crossovers. More than 2,000 hourly employees, represented by UAW Local 652, work at the plant.
Toyota Motor Corp. on Thursday said its plants in Kentucky and in Ontario have been impacted.
“Due to a number of supply chain, severe weatherand COVID related challenges, Toyota continues to face shortages affecting production at our North American plants," the automaker said in a statement.
"Our teams are closely monitoring the situation and working diligently to minimize the impact on production. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky have recently been impacted by issues related to the Ambassador Bridge blockade.
"We expect disruptions through the weekend, and we’ll continue to make adjustments as needed. While the situation is fluid and changes frequently, we do not anticipate any impact to employment at this time.”
Toyota said on Wednesday it did not expect its auto plants in Ontario to produce vehicles for the rest of the week. Toyota builds the RAV4 model and its hybrid version as well as the Lexus RX 350 and the RX 450h at its Ontario plants.