Parts shortage affects Toyota production

Toyota has suspended all Japanese car production for one week after an explosion at a steel factory lead to a shortage of parts.

The car maker will halt domestic production for the week beginning 8 February. Production will restart on 15 February, while international production will not be affected.

The decision by the company to suspend production has come due to a parts shortage, which followed an explosion at Aichi Steel Corporation’s Chita plant on 8 January.

Specialist steel produced by the affected factory is used by Toyota for engine, transmission and chassis components.

Aichi Steel, which is 33% owned by Toyota, confirmed the explosion at the Chita plant damaged the facility’s furnace and ceiling. It aims to restart the site’s steel production by the end of March.