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Toyota wait times: new delays nearly certain after supplier explosion halts seven plants


Explosion at nearby suspension component manufacturer caused a near-immediate disruption across 11 Toyota production lines

An explosion at a coil manufacturer facility that supplies Toyota caused a significant disruption to production on Tuesday, October 17, according to a report published in industry journal Automotive News.

According to that story, an explosion at the Chuo Spring Company caused the hospitalisation of one employee. Chuo Spring, which is based near a significant cluster of Toyota plants in Aichi, Japan, supplies suspension components to the Japanese car manufacturer.

Toyota’s ‘just-in-time’ production method relies on constant arrival of component parts in order to keep running its vehicle production lines.

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As a result of the disruption caused to the manufacture of components by Chuo Spring, Toyota paused 11 production lines across seven plants. Automotive News said it was Toyota’s largest shutdown since August 2023.

It is understood that production on the 11 affected lines will be up and running again today.

Disruptions to Toyota production have dropped significantly in 2023, with the exception of an August software glitch. Substantial delays were caused due to the coronavirus pandemic and related component shortages in 2021 and 2022.

Toyota is yet to reveal how customer deliveries will be impacted by yesterday’s production pause and which models are built on the 11 production lines it temporarily shut down, but an announcement is expected today.

Nearby to the affected suspension manufacturer, in Aichi, Toyota currently builds the RAV4, Corolla, and Corolla Cross models, as well as the Camry, 300 Series Land Cruiser and Prado. Lexus also builds the NX, GX and LX models.

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