Auto Production Affected by Trucker Protests in Canada


New York, Feb. 11 (Jiji Press)--Production by Japanese and other automakers in North America has been affected by the closure of a key bridge straddling the United States and Canada due to trucker protests in Canada against a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The Ambassador Bridge, connecting Detroit in the U.S. state of Michigan and Canada's Ontario Province, has been closed since Monday amid the protests, disrupting the transportation of automobile parts and other goods.

The development is a further blow to automakers, which have already been forced to adjust production because of issues including semiconductor shortages.

Officials of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> said Thursday that production at its plants in Ontario and the U.S. state of Kentucky has been affected. The impact is expected to remain over the weekend, with an official saying that the company will continue production adjustment as needed.

Honda Motor Co. <7267> suspended one of the production lines at its plant in Alliston, Ontario, on Wednesday night. It was brought back online Thursday, but part of the plant will be suspended again on Friday.

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