Subaru Halts Vehicle Production in Japan

Economy

Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)--Subaru Corp. <7270> has suspended automobile production at its two plants in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, due to a problem with procured auto parts, it was learned Wednesday.

Subaru is making preparations to resume production and shipments as early as Monday. The problem was found in electric power-steering equipment, which may have been used in vehicles produced between late December and Jan. 16, according to the major Japanese automaker.

The two plants are Subaru's only vehicle assembly factories in Japan.

Production at both plants has been halted since Jan. 16.

Subaru said Wednesday that the power-steering problem may affect three models--its mainstay Impreza passenger car and the Forester and Subaru XV SUVs.

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