Subaru Japan to stop production in Indiana due to lack of chips

Tokyo — Japanese carmaker Subaru said on Tuesday that it would suspend production at its Indiana plant until the end of April due to a global shortage of semiconductors.

Automakers from Ford Motor Company to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. have reduced production due to a shortage of chips and are widely used in new cars for automatic windows, parking assistance and entertainment systems.

A Subaru spokeswoman said 15,000 vehicles destined for North America would be affected. She said the continued global shortage of chips, rather than the recent fire at Renesas Electronics’ chip manufacturing plant, was a major factor in the outage.

Increasing demand for video games from people at home in a pandemic has also led to a shortage, analysts said.

Hidemi Yamamitsu

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