Toyota Motor Corp announced that it has canceled the day shift at three of its factories in Japan because of heavy rains that started on Friday in that region, bursting the banks of a river in the city of Osaki.
A spokeswoman for the Japanese carmaker has stated that there was no damage at the facilities, two of which are located in Myagi, and one in the nearby Iwate prefecture, all run by the subsidiary Toyota Motor East Japan. She added that the brand will decide if it resumes operations for the evening shifts by around the noon time.
Two of the plants produce the Sienta minivans and the Aqua hybrids models, while the third one manufactures engines for Toyota.
The largest Japenese carmaker has also faced a difficult time recently with the explosions that took place in the Chinese port of Tianjin. The blasts that caused massive damage to vehicles stored inside the port by numerous automakers also triggered a shutdown that led to lost output every day for Toyota while a hiatus was implemented. Toyota later on announced a restart of its production at the manufacturing facility near the explosion scene, which had ceased on the day of the accident.
The company said the blast was severe and broke windows at the car assembly, logistics, and research buildings, with 67 employees injured and thousands of autos damaged. The main Tianjin complex has around 12,000 workers and builds models such as the popular Toyota Corolla, manufacturing 440,000 vehicles back in 2014.