SAO PAULO—The ongoing worldwide chip shortage has forced Mercedes-Benz to shut down two of its assembly plants in Brazil from April 18 to May 3, idling some 5.600 workers.

The production stoppage affects 5,000 employees at Mercedes’ Sao Bernardo do Campo plant and 600 at its Juiz de Fora factory.

Mercedes said it is adjusting its production of trucks, truck cabins, bus chassis and other auto parts due to the global semiconductor supply crisis.

The company had already put about 1,200 workers on paid vacation in March because of supply chain shortages.