DETROIT (April 11, 2011)—Toyota Motor Corp. will suspend production at North American assembly plants for five days this month due to earthquake-related parts shortages.
All but one of Toyota's assembly plants are scheduled to be idled on April 15, 18, 21, 22 and 25, the auto maker said. Its plant in Georgetown, Ky., will assemble vehicles on April 21 and be down the four other days.
Toyota spokesman Mike Goss said some of the plants had been previously scheduled to be down on April 22 for Good Friday; he declined to say which ones.
The auto maker estimates the latest production cuts, combined with previously announced plans to eliminate overtime, will result in the loss of 35,000 vehicles through April 25, spokeswoman Tania Saldana said.
Most of Toyota's engine and parts plants in North America will be idled along with the assembly plants.