GM may have to halt production by mid-April of the Chevrolet Malibu if UAW doesn’t end its strike against supplier American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. According to Mike Dunn, shop chairman of UAW Local 5960, American Axle supplies a knuckle used in the rear suspension of the Malibu and Pontiac G6.
Dunn said that shortage of the knuckle may also shut down GM’s Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas by the middle of April. The plant makes about 1,000 G6 and Malibu sedans per week.
“I’m hoping GM can help resolve the strike before that happens, but we’ll stand by our striking union brothers and sisters at American Axle if not,” Dunn said.
The Chevrolet Malibu is GM’s hottest selling vehicle. GM sold 27,001 Malibu sedans in January and February, up 29.1 percent from the same period a year ago.
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