IRVINE (AP) — U.S. Mazda dealers are suspending orders for vehicles built in Japan because of disruption in the supply of parts caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami.

James Amestoy, vice president of public affairs for Mazda’s North American operations, says the company’s plants weren’t affected by the quake, but supply of parts from the northeastern part of Japan has been interrupted.

Production at Mazda’s Hiroshima plant will be halted on Monday.

There are nearly 900 Mazda dealers in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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