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 |  Apr 01 2011, 8:17 PM

In response to a crippling parts shortage from the Japan earthquake, Nissan is idling its American and Mexican plants for 6 days.

The engine and vehicle assembly plants will be closed in April, and Nissan did not say how many of its cars will be lost. But to make up for this deficit the automaker will run its plants later this year during scheduled shutdowns, when the parts supply will be improved.

The plants affected are Nissan’s two plants in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and its factory in Canton, Mississippi. The Mexico plants in Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes will be closed for five days.