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Parts shortage forces Honda to adjust NA output

West Coast port labour dispute disrupts Civic model production.

February 20, 2015   by ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Honda Civic is one of the models affected by the parts shortage. Photo: Honda

The Honda Civic is one of the models affected by the parts shortage. Photo: Honda

TOKYO — Honda Motor Co. will cut output at two North American factories from Feb. 24 through March 2, cutting production by 5,000 cars due to a disruption in parts shipments caused by a protracted labour dispute at West Coast ports.

Two Ohio plants and one plant in Canada returned to normal production as the auto parts came in by air, but an Indiana plant and another in Canada still have to trim output, company spokeswoman Misato Fukushima said in Tokyo headquarters.

Production from Feb. 16 to Feb. 23 was already cut by 20,000 cars because all five plants were affected. The disruptions have mainly affected the company’s popular Civic model, Fukushima said.

Talks over a new contract have been delayed for dockworkers at West Coast ports, stranding billions of dollars of cargo on ships.

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