Lack Of Parts Forces General Motors To Halt Pickup Production

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. says a lack of parts from Japan is forcing the halt production at its pickup assembly plant in Shreveport, La., next week.

It's the first time a U.S.-based automaker has slowed production in North America because of disruptions in parts shipments after last week's earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Toyota Motor Co. and Subaru have already slowed production at their North American plants to conserve stockpiles of parts.

GM's other North American plants haven't been affected so far.

GM won't say which parts are involved. The company says it will resume production as soon as possible.

GM employs 800 factory workers in Shreveport, which makes the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado small pickups.