Toyota officially confirmed late today that is suspending production once again at two U.S. plants to trim growing inventory levels because of slow sales.
Press reports earlier today coming out of Japan claimed that Toyota was preparing to shut plants in the U.S. once again due to a continuing slump in sales. Toyota in the U.S. did not respond to requests from TheDetroitBureau.com at that time for clarification.
This latest hiatus follows the shut down by Toyota – at the insistence of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — of six North American plants for one week in January. The production halt then was in conjunction with a stop sale following the recall of 2.3 million Toyota vehicles for sticking gas pedals leading to unintended acceleration on at least eight models.
NHTSA, itself under attack for its lack of action in unintended acceleration or gas pedal entrapment issues at Toyota, now has reports of 37 deaths, which allegedly were caused by Toyota safety defects. (more…)