Toyota temporarily halts all production on lines in Japan due to parts shortage
Explosion at steel manufacturer causes suspension; North American assembly will not be affected.
Automaker Toyota Motor Corporation is suspending production on all assembly lines across Japan as a result of a parts shortage – but North American vehicle and parts production will not be affected.
The pause in production in Japan will be in effect from February 8 to February 13, the company said in a statement.
According to Toyota, the six-day closure is a result of an explosion that occurred January 8 at an Aichi Steel Corp. manufacturing facility.
“Toyota will continue to take any measures necessary to minimize the impact of this incident on vehicle production,” the company said. “Such measures may include production on alternate lines operated by Aichi Steel and procurement from other steelmakers.”
Toyota vehicles are scheduled to begin production again on February 15. None of the company’s production outside of Japan will be affected, Toyota said.