Jeep Grand Cherokee Production Stalled Due to…Steering Wheel Shortage?
Production of two of Jeep’s most popular models has stalled thanks to a supply interruption of steering wheels, according to Automotive News.
Employees at the Toledo, Ohio, assembly plant that produces the Cherokee were sent home early on Tuesday after a shortage of steering wheels shut down the line. Three additional shifts since then have been cancelled for the same reason. Furthermore, the Grand Cherokee’s Detroit assembly facility saw a similar shortage yesterday, resulting in an early closure, but production has since resumed.
According to Automotive News, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has some cushion in its supply of the two SUVs, with about 90 days’ worth of sales each. Consumers likely won’t experience any of the ill effects stemming from the steering wheel shortage, and it might actually do some good to help dealers reduce their supply slightly toward a 60-day ideal.
Fiat Chrysler is working with its supplier to ensure the shortage ends quickly. Until then, the company has said it will evaluate production at Toledo on a shift-by-shift basis, keeping the line running when possible to maintain a healthy supply for Jeep dealers.
The Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are two of Jeep’s bestselling vehicles, helping the company crack 1 million global sales for the first time ever in 2014. The compact Cherokee was instrumental in that effort, establishing a good reputation for the brand even in places that are averse to American cars, like Japan.
Source: Automotive News