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GM to halt production at Oshawa, Ont. plant and 3 others due to earthquakes in Japan

A sign outside Oshawa's General Motors car assembly plant is shown in Oshawa, Ont., Sept.17, 2012.
A sign outside Oshawa's General Motors car assembly plant is shown in Oshawa, Ont., Sept.17, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu

OSHAWA, Ont. — General Motors is shutting down production at four plants, including its flex line in Oshawa, Ont., for two weeks due to a part supply issue caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan.

The automaker said the shutdowns, which start Monday, will also include assembly plants in Spring Hill, Tenn., Lordstown, Ohio, and Fairfax, Kan.

The consolidated line at the Oshawa plant will not be affected.

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GM said the stoppage is not expected to have any material impact on its full-year production plans in North America or its second-quarter or full-year financial results.

Two earthquakes caused widespread damage last week in parts of Kumamoto and surrounding communities on Kyushu, the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands.

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Toyota Motor Corp. shut most of its vehicle production in Japan because of parts shortages stemming from the earthquakes. Nissan Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. also temporarily halted production at some facilities.

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