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Nissan halts 3 North American plants amid chip shortage

Shutdowns in US and Mexico risk reducing supply of popular models

A worker installs seats on a production line at Nissan Motor's Smyrna plant in Tennessee.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has suspended operations at three factories in North America, the automaker said Friday, as a lack of crucial semiconductors stymies production.

The shutdown affects two facilities in the U.S. -- in Smyrna, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi -- and Plant 1 at the Aguascalientes site in Mexico. Production is set to resume between Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.

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