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Ford and Toyota see more production disruptions amid bridge protest

A Jeep Wrangler rolls off the final production line at the Toledo North Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018.

Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor North America continue to see production disruptions at various plants caused by the protest by truckers at the Ambassador Bridge.

But General Motors and Stellantis were operating plants in normal operation by early Friday afternoon. Although the two were monitoring the situation after experiencing production shutdowns earlier in the week.

The auto industry struggled to get parts across the Canada-US border as the protest by truckers on the bridge entered its fifth day.

The difficulty couldn’t come at a worse time for carmakers and car buyers.

“The blockade comes at a terrible time because the auto industry has already closed factories due to chip shortages. This exacerbates the situation,” said Michelle Krebs, executive analyst at Cox Automotive. “For consumers, this will mean continued shortages in inventory, high prices and long lead times to get a vehicle they may have ordered.”