A related story in today's Automotive News: Surge in auto production impairs quality of parts, Ford purchasing boss says
Not just a parts shortage but also quality problems as suppliers try to meet demand.
"The recent surge in U.S. auto production is hurting vehicle quality because automotive parts suppliers have less time to fix problems that emerge on the line, Ford Motor Co.'s new global purchasing chief told reporters today."
"Auto parts suppliers, which closed scores of factories during the financial crisis, are operating around-the-clock to meet consumer demand for cars and trucks that is marching toward pre-recession levels."
"U.S. auto sales are on pace to reach 15.6 million units this year, according to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. Many analysts expect auto sales to exceed 16 million vehicles in 2014, possibly topping the 16.1 million vehicles sold in 2007."
"In the past when we weren't running at full capacity, when we weren't running at three shifts, when we weren't running seven days a week -- you actually had more cushion. Now we've removed that cushion. We're a lot more exposed in terms of any production issues because you just can't recover, added Thai-Tang, who assumed his current role on Aug. 1."