Faulty Part Causes Chrysler to Halt Production

Three plants already were scheduled for down time.

Chrysler LLC is uncertain when it can resume production at four assembly plants shut down after a defective part was discovered in the auto maker’s 4.7L V-8.

Affected are Dodge pickup plants are in Warren, MI, and Fenton, MO; a Detroit site that builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Commander SUVs; and a Newark, DE, facility that builds Dodge Durango and Chrysler Aspen SUVs. However, Warren, Detroit and Newark already were scheduled for a one-week shutdown starting Sept. 3.

Chrysler has not confirmed which supplier is implicated, nor has it identified the faulty component. But a spokesman tells Ward’s that a fix has been developed and is being implemented.

The auto maker is mum on how much production was lost.

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