Toyota Halts Operations at 11 Domestic Factories after Quake

Toyota Motor Corp. said on Friday that it would suspend operations on 18 lines at 11 domestic factories in Japan next week due to a parts shortage from suppliers hit by the magnitude 7.3 earthquake. 

The latest suspensions would reduce the output of Toyota-brand models, which includes the Crown and Yaris passenger cars, the RAV4, Harrier, C-HR crossovers, and Land Cruiser SUV.

Toyota said it estimated losing about 20,000 vehicles output from the quake-related shutdowns.

Toyota’s suspension came just a day after it cut output from April to June amidst the growing supply chain uncertainty, the lingering impact of the global semiconductor shortage, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota said it slashed global output in April by 17 percent, about 750,000 units but did not account for potential disruption from the earthquake or the war in Ukraine.

Meanwhile, critical semiconductor maker Renesas Electronics Corp. said it had resumed partial test-run production at two of three plants near the quake zone, which should reach standard production capacity. 

Hitachi Astemo Ltd. and Renesas Electronics Corp. also halted some of their operations in northern Japan while they conducted inspections. 

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