First, Microchips. Now, Foam Shortages.
Automakers and suppliers may face another hurdle following the unprecedented winter storm in Texas. This time, the parts shortage could idle seating plants as early as next week as petrochemical plants producing seating foam were halted.
Several automakers said that they do not yet anticipate plant stoppages, but many said they are monitoring the situation. “We are aware of the petrochemical industry’s condition and are working with our supplier partners to mitigate any impact to our production plan,” said Toyota spokesman Eric Booth. “At this time, it is too early to predict the potential near-term impact.”