• Apr 8th 2011 at 6:30PM
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With the exception of the facility that makes the Prius, Toyota plants in Japan have been closed following the earthquake disaster in Japan, but that is scheduled to change by April 18. The Associated Press is reporting that Toyota will resume production that day, though assembly lines will only work at half speed. The plants will run through April 27, when they will close again until May 9 to honor Japan's Golden Week holiday. That's a fairly short production window, but the move is likely welcome news to Toyota's rank and file. The automaker has already lost 260,000 units since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Toyota's plan to restart production comes as the automaker continues to struggle to procure parts needed for production. Toyota's parts situation has improved, however, as the AP reports that problem part counts have gone from 500 to under 150.

Toyota president Akio Toyoda acknowledges that parts supply issues are still hurting the automaker, but adds "we are doing our utmost to improve the conditions so that we can deliver cars to many customers."

[Source: Associated Press via Daily Tribune | Image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Does this mean there will be only half of the unintended acceleration complaints in the upcoming months?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depends on those inferior American-made pedals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is good news!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any one can say what they want but I am sorry I would not buy any car from japan right now, It may be paranoid of me to say so but IMO it is not wroth the slight risk of radiation which could lead to cancer etc..I also don't want none of these cars near my kids...The USA should bar these cars from being imported here. If Toyota Honda etc want to sell their cars here then make them here. I hope the government bans sells of japan made cars..Toyota quality problems will be the least of Toyota owners problems who buy a nuke japan car
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, spoken like a true ignorant American that both doesn't understand, and probably fears science and learning.

        God forbid you might pick up a book, you dumb hick, and find out that those glow-in-the-dark letters on analog alarm clocks, some very common foods, smoke detectors and even pottery could be technically considered radioactive (with extremely low dosage).

        Let me guess, you also think the Earth is only 5000 years old and you're a Creationist proponent *.

        * "proponent" means "a supporter of"
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm impressed that you wove that logic w/nary a "whatnot."

        The Charlie Daniels Ultra Patriotic Express
        • 4 Years Ago
        att : farmer - based upon your own logic, i wouldn't buy any car from any maker including from your beloved Detriot3 who use components sourced from Japan.

        Incase you haven't noticed but Ford and GM have had production disruptions because of limited parts availability from Japan that are used to manufactuer thier own vehicles in North America.

        As i stated ... based upon your own logic - why would you risk buying from the Detriot3 whom are using 'nuked' components.

        And while i am at ... if Ford, GM and Cryshler want to sell cars internationally then they should build each and every car that is sold in each and every respective market including each car they sell in North America instead of being assembled in Mexico, Canada or Korea then shipped cross the border.

        Once again - based upon your own logic - i expect to see every car Holden, Ford and Chrysler sell in Australia to be manufactuered in Australia.

        ps. you are an absolute drongo
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes...way to stay ignorant about how radiation actually works. Even if Toyotas were somehow all coated with lots of iodine-131, by the time a car gets shipped across the sea and then prepped for the dealership the very radioactivity that makes these things dangerous would mean that most of it would have disappeared. The radioactive particles have half-lives of days and most cars that are imported would have been built several months ago.
        And anyways, the most popular models are all made in the US anyways.
        • 4 Years Ago
        One the other hand, maybe one would be so radioactive that it would glow in the dark and thus would be much safer to drive at night. Oh the predicament!
        • 4 Years Ago

        "I also don't want none of these car"

        From the south, eh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        And I thought, such strange panic reactions are a specific German thing... ;)
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