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April 16 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Monday said it was having a planned downtime on the Model 3 production, after a BuzzFeed report said the carmaker had temporarily shut down Model 3 production in the company's Fremont, California, plant without warning.
BuzzFeed report here, citing Tesla employees, said workers were expected to use vacation day or stay home without pay during the four- to five-day production pause.
"These periods are used to improve automation and systematically address bottlenecks in order to increase production rates," a Tesla spokesperson said.
"This is not unusual and is in fact common in production ramps like this." (Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sandra Maler)