The world’s biggest automaker by sales is forced once again to idle production in Japan following an explosion at a plant of one of its suppliers.
Toyota has suspended a shift on May 31 on some production lines at its Takaoka vehicle assembly plant because the automaker has been facing a parts shortage after a blast devastated a plant operated by Aisin Advics, early on Monday. Aisin Advics is one of the automaker’s major supplies, making braking systems. The explosion sent four people to the hospital and one person was seriously injured. The stoppage has been expanded to the other factories as well on June 1, including to its Motomachi facility, along with plants operated by Daihatsu Motor and Toyota Kyushu. Toyota said it hoped to restart the work in the next day or two.
Toyota still has some supplying issues after the deadly twin earthquakes that struck Japan’s island of Kyushu in April forced the world’s biggest automaker to halt operations for a week on all its vehicle assembly lines in the country. It recently said that it would review the situation over the components’ shortage on June 4, to decide if further measures on production are necessary.
This is the third time when Toyota halts output this year. In January, an explosion at the Aichi Steel, operated by one of Toyota’s affiliates, affected the production of steel parts at that time, thus making the company suspend all vehicle assembly lines within Japan from February 8 through February 13.