Production resumes at Toyota plants hit by quake

JAPANESE carmaker Toyota said yesterday it had resumed operations at all its domestic plants, which had been shut down since the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March, with production volume still at around 50 per cent due to a parts shortage.

Toyota said it had started measuring radiation levels of its export vehicles, parts for overseas assembly and service parts and found no abnormalities.

Of the Toyota group’s 18 assembly plants in Japan, three had already been in operation and the rest resumed production yesterday, according to a statement from the firm.

“The plants are operating with about 50 per cent of production due to the shortage of auto parts,” a Toyota spokeswoman said.