Photo of 2018 F-Series Super Duty Limited courtesy of Ford.

Photo of 2018 F-Series Super Duty Limited courtesy of Ford.

A fire at a parts supplier has impacted production of several leading fleet vehicles including Ford's F-150, Super Duty trucks, and General Motors vans, according to reports.

Manufacturers have seen a shortage of die-cast components, as a result of the May 2 fire at Meridian Magnesium Products of America in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and BMW have also curtailed production.

General Motors has halted production of its full-size vans and FCA has said production of its Chrysler Pacifica has been affected, reports the Detroit News.

Ford has suspended production of its F-150 at its Kansas City Assembly Plant in Missouri and Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan. Super Duty production is also off-line at the Kentucky Truck Plant, Ford announced.

To address the issue, Ford plans to shift its Super Duty trucks to the Ohio Assembly Plant in Avon Lake so production can resume. Ford accounts for less than a third of the parts produced at the Meridian plant, according to the company.

Meridian is owned by Wanfeng Auto Holdings Group Co. Ltd., which is based in Shanghai.

Related: Ford Boosts Expedition, Lincoln Navigator Production

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