Toyota expects to halt production at some North American factories

Toyota said it expects to halt production at some of its North American factories due to shortages of parts from Japan following the devastating earthquake.

The automaker said it was unclear which facilities would be affected or how long the suspension might last.

The impact should be limited because the majority of parts used by its North American factories come from suppliers in North America, Toyota said. It said the facilities still are receiving parts from Japan that were “already in the pipeline” before the quake.

In a statement, Toyota said they told team members, associates and dealers that production interruptions were likely, but it is too early to predict location or duration.

Meanwhile, Toyota plants in Ontario are not ready to resume offering Saturday shifts or overtime work at their Woodstock and Cambridge plants.

Most part suppliers in Japan are already back up and running, but this isn’t enough to persuade the Ontario plants to kick back into full-gear.

The majority of Toyota and Honda assembly plants in Japan have remained shut down in the wake of the disaster.

Toyota and Honda executives said they still have enough parts in inventory to sustain normal production until sometime next month, according to a report by Reuters.

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