Automaker Toyota Motor has temporarily stopped 10 assembly lines at six of its factories in Japan. This is due to problems that arose after an explosion at a component manufacturing plant, TASS reports citing the Kyodo news agency.
According to the source, the lines were stopped on October 17. The decision to resume work in the following days is expected to be made additionally.
An explosion at an auxiliary enterprise occurred on October 16. Two employees were injured, one of the victims was hospitalized. The causes of the explosion are being investigated.
As a result of the incident, the work of six factories in Aichi and Mie prefectures in the central part of the island of Honshu was practically stopped. The component manufacturing plant is located in Aichi Prefecture. Toyota has 14 assembly plants in the country; their products are also intended for export.
The shutdown factories produce models such as the Toyota Land Cruiser and RAV4.
Toyota produced more than 5.6 million vehicles worldwide in the first half of this year - this is a record high figure for this period. Compared to the same period in 2022, production increased by 10.3%.The company sold more than 5.4 million cars in the first half of 2023. According to this indicator, Toyota has remained the leader in the global car market for the fourth year in a row.