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Ford Expects Parts Shortages To Slow Production

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

NPR's business news starts with Ford's troubles in Asia.

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INSKEEP: Ford said last night it may have to slow or stop production in Asia because of a parts shortage from Japan. The U.S. automaker has temporarily halted operations in the United States and Europe because it cannot get parts from Japanese factories affected by the earthquake and the tsunami. And now, Ford is talking about its plans in Asia.

Ford plants in countries like China, Australia and Vietnam use components made in Japan. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.