Japanese Carmakers Struggle With Parts Logistics

Honda will start reducing production at North American factories Wednesday because of a shortage in parts. Toyota is asking U.S. car dealers to stop ordering certain replacement parts made in Japan — it's worried about running out of them. Carmakers still have supply chain problems because of this month's earthquake and tsunami.

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MONTAGNE: Honda will start reducing production today at North American factories because of a shortage in parts. And Toyota is asking U.S. car dealers to stop ordering certain replacement parts made in Japan - it's worried about running out of them. Carmakers still have supply chain problems because of the earthquake and tsunami.

By one estimate, about 13 percent of auto output worldwide has been lost.

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