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Nissan's shipment freeze puts squeeze on parts suppliers

Furloughs on the table amid lengthy production stoppage

Workers assemble air conditioning units at a Calsonic Kansei plant in Gunma Prefecture, Japan.

TOKYO -- Suppliers are finding themselves stuck in neutral just one week after Nissan Motor halted domestic automobile shipments following the Japanese company's inspection scandal.

Autoparts maker Calsonic Kansei is considering worker furloughs, forced to halt the company's production line at a Nissan factory in Yokosuka, a port city south of Tokyo, after the carmaker suspended its own output at the site.

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