Supply Chain Matters remains on a constant lookout for additional evidence on the global supply chain impacts stemming from the 2011 devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Northern Japan.  Believe it or not, the effects continue.

U.S. automotive OEM Chrysler has recently recalled about a half-million vehicles. According to an article published in The Washington Times, the problem stems from “a potentially faulty microcontroller that entered the supply chain after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a worldwide microcontroller shortage.”  The makes and models affected are the 2011-2013 Chrysler Sebring, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger.  Also involved are the 2011-2012 Dodge Nitro and 2011-2013 Jeep Liberty.

This is yet another reminder of the rippling effects of major supply chain disruption, and how being forced to scramble for alternative component supply without consistent quality standards can lead to longer-term issues.