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Typhoon forces Japanese car plants to halt production.

By FaezClutchless on 24 Sep 2011

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A powerful typhoon struck Japan today, causing four deaths and forcing companies including Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. to close some plants, company spokesmen said. Typhoon Roke, the second big storm to hit Japan this month, was packing winds of up to 220 km per hour. The storm cut power to more than 575,500 households in Tokyo Electric Power Co's service area.

Toyota, like other Japanese producers, has become overly cautious after Marchís earthquake devastated the northern portion of the countryís manufacturing base. Toyota said it closed 11 factories in central Japan early and eliminated evening shifts.

Toyota will likely reopen the plants tomorrow or Friday and it says that it will make up for lost production by running overtime shifts. The automaker did not say if vehicle supply would be affected by the shutdown and it didnít estimate any sort of overall impact.

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Toyota factory workers left work earlier before typhoon Roke hit landfall. (picture above)

Nissan halted production at two plants at 2 p.m. local time. Honda Motor Co. said it will change working hours at its Hamamatsu factory in central Japan for safety reasons.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. and Suzuki Motor Corp. are operating factories in the region as normal and don't plan to shut them, Mitsubishi spokeswoman Namie Koketsu and Suzuki spokesman Ei Mochizuki said today.

The Japanese auto industry has spent several months recovering production lost from the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami that rocked the northern part of the country.

Earlier this month, Typhoon Talas hit western Japan and left about 100 people dead or missing. An average of two to four typhoons make landfall each year in Japan.

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