Toyota Plants Remain Closed Following Quake

The huge damage caused by the tsunami which followed the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck Japan on Friday is yet to be fully assessed, but one thing becomes clear: the full effects of the quake will wreak havoc in the automotive industry.

With Nissan still trying to make sense of what has happened on Friday, the other major auto maker severely affected by the tremor, Toyota, announced on Sunday that, even if its own facilities were able to restart production over the weekend, there are still problems with Toyota subsidiary plants that produce parts and vehicles.

The following plants are still in off-line mode, with a decision regarding the restart of production yet to be made: Toyota Motor Hokkaido Plant, Toyota Motor Tohoku Plant, Central Motor Corporation Miyagi Plant (the birth place of the Yaris) and Kanto Auto Works Iwate Plant (home of the Scion xB and Scion xD).

This Monday, however, as a precaution, Toyota announced that it has suspended production at all TMC plants, as well as all subsidiary vehicle-manufacturing plants.

Toyota also unveiled the creation of a so-called company-wide emergency task force that will be in charge with correctly identifying problems related to the quake and taking the appropriate measures.

The auto maker will also help with the relief efforts by donating 300 million yen ($3.75 million) and is also ready to help ship goods and provide services.

“Toyota’s number one priority is to support our team members at TMC, our partner companies, suppliers and dealers through this situation,” stated the car maker.
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