Toyota to Halt Production for Several Days

by Gabe Bullard on April 8, 2011

As a shortage of parts from Japan continues, the Toyota Motor Company will halt production at its North American plants this month.

Plants will not produce vehicles on the 15th, 18th, 21st, 22nd and 25th. However the Georgetown Kentucky plant will be active on the 21st.

It’s possible the parts shortage will continue beyond this month, and Toyota spokesperson Tania Saldana says the five days later this month are the only scheduled so far.

“Our current condition remains dynamic. We continue to receive new information daily. So production plans after April 25th will be provided as new information becomes available,” she says.

Saldana says no layoffs are expected. Workers will have the option of showing up for work for additional training.

“But if you see these days, they’re Mondays and Fridays. So that will allow team members flexibility to have a long weekend if they wish,” she says.

A Toyota spokesperson previously told WFPL that many dealers likely have ample supplies of Toyotas, and a shortage cannot be predicted at this time. After the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota officials said a temporary stop in production was likely

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