Shortage of Nylon-12 Resin Threatens Auto Manufacturer Output

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An explosion at a German chemical plant in March has caused a worldwide shortage of nylon-12 in the auto manufacturing industry. The resin is used to manufacture fuel lines, brake lines, and fuel tanks. The explosion at the Evonik Industries AG plant has effectively cut worldwide supply of the material in half, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Nylon-12 resin is highly resistant to brake fluid and gasoline, making it perfect for use in auto components. However, the explosion at the plant, the main supplier of the material for companies across the globe, has turned the automotive world upside down. Now, automakers are scrambling to find a replacement substance. Without a suitable replacement, assembly plants may have to shut down within the coming weeks as it may take six months to restart production and there is only an estimated two-month supply of nylon-12 available.


As such, the automotive industry as a whole has come together in a rare feat to create several committees and tests to find a suitable replacement for the substance. Substances such as nylon 6-6, a synthetic used to create zip ties, hoses, and carpet fibers, are being considered as a replacement but have yet to be tested.

While such materials may provide the automotive industry with the help they need in facing this crisis, they may also lead to serious problems if they are not used correctly or have unforeseen side effects. Rushed productions for the sake of profit may result in serious consequences, such as major vehicle defects and related auto accidents.

When a vehicle defect cannot be fixed by a dealer or manufacturer after a reasonable number of attempts, the owner can claim the car is a lemon and seek his money back or a new vehicle . Riverside new car lemon lawyer Howard D. Silver has the years of experience and record of success needed to make sure you receive the proper help. For more information, call us at (866) 49-LEMON.