May 15, 2020 / 5:44 PM / 21 days ago

Daimler to idle Alabama Mercedes assembly plant because of parts shortage

May 15 (Reuters) - Daimler AG said on Friday it will idle its Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle assembly plant in Alabama next week because of a parts shortage.

The German automaker, which resumed production late last month at the Tuscaloosa plant, plans to make up the production during a scheduled off week this summer.

Bloomberg News reported the parts shortage was from Mexico, where auto suppliers have not yet resumed production. Other automakers have told Reuters that if Mexico does not resume parts production next week they will quickly be forced again to idle many U.S. assembly plants. (Reporting by David Shepardson Editing by Chris Reese)

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