Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday notified its dealers across the United States that they may face a shortage of parts for repairs and maintenance work due to disruptions caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Toyota officials said.
Out of 300,000 parts items, 233 may be in short supply, the officials said, adding the automaker has asked dealers to withhold nonessential orders and to repair where possible instead of offering replacements.
Toyota has not disclosed specific items that may be in short supply. Such items include steeling wheel covers and parts for suspension and air bags, according to the U.S. media.
Toyota has already halted overtime production and operations on Saturdays at its factories in North America following the March 11 disaster in Japan and has also said it may suspend more operations.
The disaster has also affected the U.S. sales operations of Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Corp., as well as General Motors Co., which has partially suspended production. (PNA/Kyodo)