Toyota Vietnam cuts production to a third

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Car production at a Toyota plant in northern Vietnam has reduced to 30 percent after the earthquake struck Japan last month and led to a shortage of parts, Toyota Motor Vietnam said.

The temporary production cut is in place from April 25 to June 3, 2011, Toyota Motor Vietnam (TMV) said in a press release.

The company has cautioned customers of "delivery delays." However, TMV President Akito Tachibana was quoted as saying the company will try to "reduce the impact on customers."

During the period, "all employees of TMV still come to work as normal"¦ for plant improvement activities and training," TMV said.

"TMV will continue to evaluate the parts-supply ability and make appropriate production plan to resume normal production as soon as possible," the company said.

TMV recently apologized to local customers for technical problems that led to a massive recall of nearly 66,000 cars, the biggest ever in the country.

Vietnam News Agency later reported that the Vietnam Register would inspect the company's production facilities to find what caused the flaws.

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