Toyota says that it will suspend production at its North American plants in a series of one-day shutdowns this month as a result of parts shortages caused by the earthquake that hit Japan.
The temporary shutdowns will affect workers, but there will be no layoffs. Toyota gets about 15 percent of its parts from Japan for cars and trucks built in North America. Those parts include electronic and rubber components, and a paint additive
All 13 of its North American plants will have down time, though the duration may vary at a few plants. For most plants, the one-day shutdowns will begin April 15 and end April 25, the company said.
In a related development, Toyota has warned its U.S. dealers that the supply of new vehicles could become “significantly impacted” downward by the summer, 2011.