LOS ANGELES – A lack of spare parts coming from suppliers struck by the Japan earthquake has started to affect U.S. Toyota and Lexus dealerships.
A memo sent Friday from Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. to its dealers said that, although the vast majority of spare parts operations were running after a four-day shutdown, "damage sustained by certain parts suppliers will interrupt their normal production."
Initially, that will result in a shortage of 233 parts numbers for at least 30 days, Toyota confirmed. In the memo to dealers, Toyota said both the number of parts affected, and the length of interruption "may increase."
Most cars contain about 30,000 parts, and the Toyota parts inventory consists of about 300,000 active part numbers
The initial list of short-supply spare parts mostly involves body panel and pillar subassemblies and shock absorbers. Toyota did not name the suppliers that provide those parts.
As a result of the shortage, Toyota Motor Sales will not fill any orders of short-inventory parts to replenish dealer stock. However, if a dealer has an emergency repair order for a customer, Toyota's U.S. parts depots will release a spare part from their dwindling inventory.