The magnitude 7.1 earthquake that recently struck Japan last February 13 injured dozens and damaged several roads and houses. Thankfully, there were no deaths reported. More importantly, there was no tsunami this time around. One of the regions heaviest affected by the quake was Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures, the same place hit by the magnitude 9.0 quake nearly ten years ago.
Unfortunately, the famed Ebisu Circuit in Fukushima incurred heavy damage following the earthquake. It seems, however, even some of Toyota's parts suppliers in Japan were affected by the recent earthquake.
Due to its strength, the earthquake was even felt in Tokyo. Because of that, Toyota announced they will temporarily suspend the operation of several factories and production lines. Some plants and lines will be shut for as long as four days starting February 17. While the earthquake did not significantly affect the factories themselves, it did affect some of Toyota's suppliers.
A total of 9 factories and 14 lines out of Toyota's 28 lines and 15 factories are affected by the temporary shutdown. The vehicles involved a wide range of vehicles, from sedans to SUVs. It's not just Toyota models affected; even Lexus models are affected by the temporary shutdowns.
The scheduled shutdown of each factory, line, and affected models are listed below:
Toyota Takaoka Plant: Line 2
Harrier, Prius α, RAV4
Toyota Tahara Plant: Line 1, 3
Prado, GX, 4Runner, LS, IS, RC, NX
Toyota Motor Kyushu Miyata Plant: Line 1, 2
NX, UX, CT, ES, RX
Toyota Motor East Japan Iwate Plant: Line 1
Toyota Auto Body Fujimatsu Plant: Line 1
Toyota Auto Body Yoshiwara Plant: Line 1, 2
Gifu Auto Body Co. Ltd.: Line 2
Toyota Industries Corporation: Line 301, 302
Hino Motors Hamura Plant: Line 1, 2
Land Cruiser Prado, FJ Cruiser, Dyna
Toyota did not disclose the number of vehicles or the type of parts affected by the shutdown. There is also no word whether the shutdown will affect the global supply.