DETROIT (WWJ) – General Motors will resume regular production at its pickup plant in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Monday, a week after the company shut it down and blamed a shortage of parts from Japan.

Falling supplies of auto parts have disrupted car factories around the world ever since a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on March 11. 

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Sean McAlindin is chief economist for the Center for Automotive Research.

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McAlindin says nearly every car built in the U.S. relies on parts from Japan, mostly electronics:

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“There’s just no built-up reserve, expect for what might be on a ship already on its way here. But many of these electronic components are flown here,” says McAlindin.