BERLIN (AP) -- German car maker Opel is halting production for a day at its Ruesselsheim plant because parts from Mexico have not yet arrived due to the disruption in trans-Atlantic flights caused by the Islandic volcano eruption.
Opel spokesman Andreas Kroemer told The Associated Press Thursday that 3,000 workers would stay home because a tiny electronic part for the fuel tanks of Opel Insignias and Buick Regals were missing.
He said assembly of about 800 cars would be postponed and workers will have to do two extra make-up shifts to construct them over the next few weeks.
Kroemer said most car parts are delivered by train or truck but this particular one is flown in. German freight air traffic was halted for days due to a volcanic ash cloud.