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Chrysler Assembly Plant facing four-week shutdown

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The exterior of the Windsor Assembly Plant - a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles facility - on April 24, 2017. © Provided by Windsor Star The exterior of the Windsor Assembly Plant - a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles facility - on April 24, 2017.

Workers at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Windsor Assembly Plant are facing a four-week shutdown beginning Oct. 2 to deal with necessary upgrades to airbags for the Dodge Caravan.

New U.S. safety rules mean the current Windsor-produced Caravans cannot be sold in the U.S. While the current model does not comply with new U.S. federal regulations it can be sold in Canada and Mexico.

“The Windsor Assembly Plant will be down for four weeks, starting the week of Oct. 2, to balance production with the anticipated volume shortfall related to the previously announced temporary production suspension of the 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan for the U.S. market only,” FCA Canada spokeswoman LouAnn Gosselin said in a statement.

“This action was taken to incorporate U.S. product regulatory actions that are required for the 2018 model year.”

FCA U.S. announced the suspension of production for the American market in June.

U.S. Chrysler dealers were warned then to stock up on Dodge Grand Caravans.

The shutdown affects some 6,000 workers at the Windsor plant.

All 2018 Dodge Caravans will have airbags that conform to the latest U.S. regulations. The Pacifica already meets the new standard.

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