Total purchase orders for Asia's auto parts placed from overseas have eased in the second quarter of this year due to the outbreak of a war in Iraq and the SARS in Asia, according to the Xinhua News Agency. Pramotte Pongthong, honorary advisor of the Thai Auto Parts Manufacturers' Association, was quoted Wednesday by the Thai News Agency as saying that the outbreak of the war and SARS had forced some manufacturers to halt shipment of the products temporarily.