Production suspended at Japanese car plants in wake of quake


Japanese car maker Toyota has led the suspension of all auto production at its domestic factories because of difficulties securing car parts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

A report on the Mainichi Daily News website reported that Toyota officials had announced the continued suspension of work on Monday at its five domestic plants, including those operated by its subsidiaries and 12 auto parts plants.

Toyota subsidiary Central Motor Co. makes Toyota vehicles at its plant in Miyagi Prefecture and Kanto Auto Works Ltd, also a Toyota unit, produces Toyota cars at its plant in Iwate Prefecture. Both prefectures were severely affected by the 8.9-magnitude quake.

A Toyota official said the suspension is partly to check whether workers at the factories are safe.

Meanwhile, Nissan will also suspend production at its three domestic plants on Monday as two of them were damaged in the earthquake. Others to follow suit included Honda, Toyo and Sumitomo while Mitsubishi and NEC said they will check lines at their plants to determine whether to resume production on Monday.