General Motors was forced to curb production at two of its key assembly plants on Thursday and Friday due to parts shortages caused by the coronavirus pandemic — and industry observers fear that more disruptions could follow as the rate of Covid-19 infections surges to record levels.Overtime work scheduled for Saturday at GM’s big SUV plant in Arlington, Texas, has been canceled, the automaker announced, while the Corvette plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was forced to temporarily shut down on Thursday and Friday. GM had been pressing to boost production at both factories to cope with shortages resulting from the industry’s two-month shutdown last spring.“We’re going to see other plants hit by this,” warned Carla Bailo, the CEO of the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan.The auto industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. Sales in March and April fell by more than one-third as much of the country went into lockdown. A two-month factory shutdown worsened that situation, leaving dealers with supply shortages, just as new vehicle demand is surging.Automakers such as GM are following strict new protocols aimed at reducing the risk of infections on the factory floor — including the use of personal protective

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