Some Toyota export plants shut down after strong quake - report

Facilities undergoing assessment
Mar 11, 2011

Toyota Motor Corp. reportedly shut operations in some of its export plants in northern Japan following the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country.

The shutdown, which may affect output of the Yaris and Scion, was implemented to help the plants assess the damage brought by the earthquake that struck at 2:46 p.m. on March 11, AutoNews.com said.

According to the report, workers from several factories in the quake zone are also being evacuated. AutoNews said Toyota has two plants in northern Japan that produces parts, and two affiliates--Kanto Auto Workds, Ltd. and Central Motors--that produce small cars.

"We are still trying to get information from them," Toyota spokesman Dion Corbett said on AutoNews.

via AutoNews and CNN

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