Automakers expect to avoid resin crisis

FILE - In this May 24, 2011 file photo, an assemblyman works on the line building Chrysler 200 vehicles at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in Sterling Heights, Mich. People briefed on the matter on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 said Chrysler, Ford, and the United Auto Workers remain far apart in labor talks just a week before the current contract expires. Another person says General Motors has been talking pay for about two weeks and is closer to an agreement. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
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(AP) - The auto industry may have steered its way around another crisis.

Ford says that it doesn't expect a resin shortage to disrupt production at any of its factories. That's a sign that its peers will be able to avoid problems as well.

Just last week, automakers and parts companies feared that factories could be forced to close due to a shortage of a key plastic resin. Supplies are low because a March explosion and fire knocked out a German factory that makes much of the world's PA-12, a unique resin used to manufacture fuel lines and other parts.

But Ford says it has alternative resins available. An industry expert says that means other carmakers have similar substitutes.