Chrysler Restricts Paint Colors Due to Japan Quake

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Chrysler grille

Chrysler Group became the second automaker to restrict orders of vehicles in certain colors in response to pigment shortages stemming from the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

"Due to a potential paint pigment shortage from a Tier Two supplier that has been impacted by the disaster in Japan, Chrysler Group LLC today informed dealers that we are temporarily restricting orders of vehicles in ten colors," said a letter from Chrysler that was obtained by CNBC on Friday.

Chrysler said it still expects to meet existing customer orders and doesn't anticipate any production problems as a result the color restriction. Ten colors are affected by the pigment shortage.

Chrysler joins Ford , which this week ran into similar problems with Japanese pigment suppliers. Chrysler's order restriction is worldwide, whereas Ford's applies only in North America.

Japan continues to struggle with the effects of a huge earthquake and tsunami that struck the country two weeks ago.

Chrysler is not publicly traded. Italy's Fiat owns a minority stake in the company.

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