Toyota said its North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule during the next several weeks to conserve components whose supply chains were disrupted by the March 11 Japan earthquake.
The automaker said its North American plants will suspend production on April 15, 18, 21, 22, and 25 and that most of the company’s North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule. Future production plans will be determined at a later date, Toyota said.
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Most automakers are have been affected by the disaster in Japan, which produces parts that go into a wide variety of models. Toyota said about 85 percent of the parts and materials for the 12 North American-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers.
“The situation in Japan affects many automakers and many other industries. Extraordinary efforts are underway to help suppliers recover,” said Steve St. Angelo, executive vice president of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. “We are slowing down to conserve parts yet maintain production as much as possible. We appreciate the flexibility of our team members, suppliers and dealers as we work through these issues.”