JAPAN IMPACT: Chrysler idles overtime in Ontario, Mexico image

Chrysler officials said late Tuesday the company is cutting overtime at its Brampton, Ontario, and Toluca, Mexico, plants to conserve parts from Japan. According to the automaker, this is the first impact caused by the Japanese crisis.

The automaker said Wednesday it could only confirm the elimination of this Saturday’s two extra shifts and not any further overtime cancellations this month.
Chrysler noted that the disasters have not caused any slowdowns in normal production at its North American plants.
The Brampton plant, near Toronto, builds the Chrysler 300, and Dodge Charger and Challenger, while the Toluca plant makes the Dodge Journey and the Fiat 500, which recently went on sale in the U.S. market. The affected parts are not used in the 500.

There have been reports that the affected parts affect the V-6 engine in those vehicles (excluding the 500). Some rods and cams in Chrysler’s V-6 are reportedly sourced from a Japanese supplier affected by the tragic events in that country.

Meanwhile, Toyota said it is inevitable that it will be forced to temporarily shut down all of its North American plants because of parts shortages from Japan.
Toyota produces the Corolla, Matrix and RAV-4 vehicles, and the Lexus RX 350 in Ontario.