The Japanese automaker announced it would suspend operations at its Yajima factory in Gunma Prefecture for April 10-27.
One line in the factory will stop working for 13 working days and another for eight days, Subaru said. According to the Nikkei Asia, The delay is expected to reduce Subaru’s production by about 10,000 units. Salary payments to workers during production breaks have not been determined.
All lines at the Yajima factory will restart from May 10, after the Golden Week holiday, and Subaru is expected to be supplied with chips for production at that time. The shortage was not related to the March 19 fire at the chip factory of Renesas Electronics, the company added, prompting Toyota and Nissan to cut production.
Meanwhile, Subaru’s main plant, which makes Levorg, Impreza, XV, WRX, BRZ will continue to operate as usual, as well as the Oizumi plant that produces its engines and gearboxes.
Not only Subaru, a number of other companies in the US also fell into serious shortage of chips such as General Motors.
The Yajima factory in Gunma Prefecture, Japan produces vehicles such as Legacy, Outback, Impreza, XV and Forester.