TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. said today it has suspended production at three plants affected by an explosion earlier this week at a supplier factory, adding that it expected production to fully resume by the beginning of next week.
The blast on Monday was at a factory of Aisin Advics Co., a major maker of breaking systems majority owned by Toyota group supplier Aisin Seiki Co.
Toyota said it would cancel one of two production shifts on two lines at a plant operated by group company Hino Motors Ltd. Earlier in the day, it scrapped shifts on a line at its Toyota East Japan plant and at a plant operated by group company Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd.
Toyota did not disclose the estimated impact of the suspensions.
"We will continue to monitor the parts supply status and decide on how to proceed with operations on each line as necessary," a Toyota spokeswoman said.
"We expect a full-scale recovery on June 6."
The suspensions would be the third this year. They follow supply-chain disruption caused by earthquake damage to a factory operated by an Aisin Seiki subsidiary, and a fire at a steel plant owned by supplier Aichi Steel Corp.
On Thursday, Suzuki Motor Corp. said it had halted production at three of its plants in Japan following disruption of its supply chain following the explosion.