Carpet shortage forcing automakers to cut output

The Japan earthquake and tsunami tragedy proved that disruptions at a few key suppliers could wreak havoc on the delicate auto supply chain. That point has again been proven, as weather-related flooding at a automotive carpet supplier has lead to decreased production at six North American plants.

Automotive News reports that Swiss supplier Autoneum Holding AG is dealing with a flooded facility in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, and select General Motors and Chrysler plants are feeling the pinch. Chrysler and GM each decreased the line rates at three key plants. The carpet shortage will affect several models, including hot-selling product like the Chevrolet Equinox and Camaro (interior seen above), the Cadillac CTS, the Chrysler 200 and 300 and the Dodge Charger.

Ford hasn't yet adjusted production at any facilities, but the automaker says it is closely monitoring the situation. Autoneum Holding also makes carpeting for Toyota and Volkswagen at the flooded Pennsylvania plant.

While GM and Chrysler are likely less than thrilled that they've needed to adjust production, we're guessing that the issue will be resolved before any product shortages affect sales. But if the carpet plant doesn't come back on line soon, the problem could only get worse.

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