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Toyota suspends production at Japanese plants after explosion at brake manufacturer

01 June 2016

Five employees were injured, one seriously, after an explosion at Aisin Advics Co., which supplies brake components to the Toyota car group. All activities have been stopped at the plant while an inquiry into the incident is carried out and Toyota has halted production at a number of plants in Japan because of lack of parts.

Two of the affected plants are Takaoka and Motomachi, which manufacture models including the Corolla, RAV4, Auris, Harrier, Prius, Crown, Mirai, and Lexus GS.

Toyota is still recovering from production stoppages caused by major earthquakes that occurred in southern Japan in April. The stoppages caused Toyota’s Japanese production to drop 17% in that month to 258,387 units.

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