Chrysler shuts 4 plants over engine glitch
August 31, 2007
BY ALEJANDRO BODIPO-MEMBA
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER
Chrysler LLC said it has shut down four assembly plants today because of a problem with a powertrain component.
The Auburn Hills automaker said the four plants – Jefferson North in Detroit, Warren Truck, Newark Assembly, and St. Louis North in Missouri – will be shutdown at least through Monday.
“We have a supplier component issue within our powertrain operation and we’ve stopped building to prevent any of the potential engines that were affected to get into consumer hands,” said Michele Tinson, a spokeswoman for Chrysler in a telephone interview Friday morning. “There are no vehicles out in the field at this time that were affected.”
The Dodge Ram, Dodge Dakota, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Aspen, Jeep Commander and Jeep Grand Cherokee were all affected by the shutdown.
Three of the four plants already had previously scheduled shutdown plans starting next week. The St. Louis plant is expected to continue operations Tuesday.
“We will monitor what happens at St. Louis North, but we don’t know at this time when it will open,” Tinson said. “It is to be determined.”