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 automaker said in a statement today. Its plant in Georgetown, Ky., will assemble vehicles on April 21 and be down the four other days.
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 automaker 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.
The production cuts will affect 12 models Toyota builds in North America. They are the Toyota Camry, Camry Hybrid, Corolla, Venza, Sequoia, Sienna, Highlander, Tacoma, Tundra, Rav-4, Matrix, and Lexus RX-350.
On April 1, Toyota's U.S. inventories stood at 329,500 units - enough to last 50 days at current selling rates. Toyota's U.S. sales are up 13 percent this year through March.