ERLANGER, KY - Toyota announced it is adjusting North American production due to parts availability following the March 11 Japan earthquake.
Over the next few weeks, Toyota's North American vehicle plants will operate on a reduced schedule, with production suspended on April 15, 18, 21*, 22, and 25, according to an April 12 statement from the company. (* The Georgetown, Ky. plant will build vehicles on April 21.)
Most of the company's North American engine and component plants will follow the same schedule. Future production plans will be determined at a later date, according to the automaker.
"On average, around 85 percent of the parts and materials for the 12 North American-built Toyota and Lexus models are sourced from 500 suppliers on this continent. While production of some parts and materials continues in Japan, Toyota is working closely with affected suppliers in order to minimize the impact," Toyota stated.