Toyota spokesman Mike Goss has informed that Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing arm is preparing for a possible shutdown because of parts shortages from Japan. This does not mean that the factories will stop working–Toyota has 13 factories in the United States, Canada and Mexico–.
Toyota’s car factories in Japan stopped working since the March 11 quake happenings, however some auto parts could resume their activities on March 17th. “They did resume parts production for overseas and for replacement parts,” Goss said, “but that was just the suppliers that were capable of doing it.”
Many Toyota suppliers in United States will not be able to sell car components because they depend on Japanese production. General Motors (U.S.) already stopped the production of a truck factorie in Shreveport, L.A. due to the lack of Japanese car parts.