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Sept. 3, 2021—General Motors will idle most of its North American assembly plants starting Monday, Sept. 6, due to the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage. 

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the shutdown will last at least a week but did not want to speculate on how long it might last, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press. Flores confirmed all shutdowns are related to the semiconductor chip shortage except for the Orion Assembly plant, which had been temporarily shuttered due to the Chevrolet Bolt recall. 

"Although the situation remains complex and very fluid, we remain confident in our team’s ability to continue finding creative solutions to minimize the impact on our highest-demand and capacity-constrained vehicles," Flores said.

Four plants will remain partially or fully open through next week: Arlington Assembly in Texas, which makes full-sized SUVs; Flint Assembly in Michigan, which makes heavy-duty pickups; Bowling Green Assembly in Kentucky, which makes the Corvette; and Lansing Grand River Assembly in Michigan, which makes some Camaros and Cadillac Blackwings.

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