Most Toyota, GM Factories Remain Stalled Following Japanese Quakes

Toyota shut down most of its production in the wake of the twin earthquakes, which killed at least 41 and could result in more than $3 billion in damages.

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Two of the world's largest automakers are still feeling the effects of two earthquakes that hammered southern Japan earlier this month.

USA Today reports that Toyota expects its Miyata plant to remain shut down through late next week at the earliest. The factory produces five vehicle models for the company's Lexus brand and the decision could delay delivery of new cars.

Toyota shut down most of its Japanese production in the wake of the twin earthquakes, which killed at least 41 and could result in more than $3 billion in damages.

Most of its operations reopened this week, but the Motomachi plant will remain partially shut down through next week as well. The factory makes Toyota's Mirai fuel-cell vehicle.

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Toyota officials said that they could not project the full impact of the earthquakes on the company and that they had not made any decisions about adjusting to make up for lost production, which initial estimates tabbed at 50,000 vehicles in April.

Meanwhile, General Motors announced that it would idle four factories in the U.S. and Canada for two weeks due to parts shortages in the wake of the earthquakes.

The affected plants, which were down beginning Monday, included Fairfax, Kan., Lordstown, Ohio, Spring Hill, Tenn., and Oshawa, Ontario.

GM said that the shutdowns were not expected to impact its full-year production plans or financial results.

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