The Japanese earthquake has affected some automakers more than others, but it appears Toyota may have been the hardest hit. The latest consequence from Japan's quake is further parts shortages, forcing Toyota to ration its existing stock until the supply can be replenished.
While parts shortages are affecting production lines globally, Toyota's latest drought involves replacement components. Toyota describes the parts in short supply as body panel and pillar subassemblies, and shock absorbers. In total, some 233 parts will be rationed for the next 30 days, with that timeline possibly being extended depending on the state of the affected suppliers.
"It has been confirmed that damage sustained by certain Japanese parts suppliers will interrupt their normal production," Toyota spokesman Mike Michaels told Automotive News. "Inventories of parts from these suppliers are currently adequate."
Standard replenishment of short-order parts will not be filled for dealers, unless there is an emergency order placed. Toyota will update dealers daily on the status of the parts shortages.
The shortage makes up only a tiny sliver of Toyota's current 300,000 active part numbers; most vehicles on the road today contain roughly 30,000 parts.