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Nissan to adjust production because of limited supply after earthquake

Nissan Motor will adjust production in Fukuoka prefecture this week because of disruptions in parts supplies after an earthquake hit northeastern Japan, two sources knowledgeable with the matter said.

The earthquake on Saturday affected auto parts maker Hitachi Astemo.

Hitachi Astemo, a joint venture between Hitachi and Honda Motor, produces parts for auto suspension systems at its plant in Fukushima prefecture which is used by automakers such as Nissan and Toyota Motor.

The automaker shortened the operating time of two lines at its Fukuoka plant, which produces Serena minivans, from Tuesday night, and will stop production on Saturday, sources said.

But a Nissan spokeswoman said the automaker was observing zero impact on production so far.

Elsewhere, Toyota Motor said on Tuesday it will temporarily suspend production on 14 lines at nine group factories in Japan because some of its suppliers were affected by the earthquake.

Toyota has stopped production because of the shutdown of the Hitachi Astemo suspension plant.

Hitachi Astemo said on Wednesday its plant in Fukushima prefecture has halted production since Monday due to a power blackout after the earthquake, a Hitachi Astemo spokesman said.

The automaker needs time to inspect the plant for any power-related issues, such as electric leakage, he added. Hitachi Astemo did not say when operations would restart.

The strong quake injured scores of people and caused widespread power outages.

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