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Ford Mustang production halted due to supplier shortage

The past few weeks have been plagued with production stoppages due to supplier shortages magnified by the recent Magna International interior component plant fire and now even the legendary Ford Mustang has seen production stopped for this week due to unnamed supplier shortages.

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The Ford Mustang is produced at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock Michigan alongside the Mazda6 sedan. Ford Motor Company announced this morning that they were halting production of the 2011 Ford Mustang due to supplier shortages unrelated to the problems surrounding the Magna International plant in Howell Michigan but the Mazda6 sedan, which shares then Flat Rock production facility is halting production due to the Magna International fire.

Ford Motor Company does not discuss supplier shortages, either the supplier or the parts in question, so we do not have a better idea as to exactly what is causing the downtime of Mustang production. However, Mazda has no bones about discussing their supplier shortages, citing that they have a shortage of headliners and a few other interior components due to the fire that has vastly decreased the output of the Magna plant.

The fire in Magna’s Howell production facility damaged about 40% of the plant and since the incident last Wednesday, Magna is running at roughly half of their normal capacity. This caused immediate production stoppages for a variety of GM plants around the country and with Magna also servicing Ford, Chrysler, Mazda and Nissan, it is no surprise that the fire has caused problems for other automakers. The Mazda6 was the first vehicle at the Flat Rock plant to feel the impact of the supplier fire and with the Ford and Mazda production facility already slowed due to the Magna issue, Ford is using this week to halt Mustang production throughout the week.

Normal production of the 2011 Ford Mustang and Mazda 6 sedan is expected to start back up after this week, hopefully preventing anyone who ordered a 2011 Ford Mustang recently from dealing with an extended wait time for their new muscle car.

Source: Automotive News

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