Toyota stopped production due to system failure

After suffering a major fire in one of its European plants, Toyota is now forced to also halt production in Japan due to a system failure. The causes of the problem are investigated. They say that misfortunes never come alone. Just a few days ago the news broke of a major fire at the Toyota plant in the Czech Republic. The large fire damaged a section of the factory, forcing a closure for five days. Today we have been able to learn that in Japan, Toyota has been forced to stop all production activity due to a failure in the system. The company does not give deadlines for when it will be able to resume activity, but the problem could mean the loss of hundreds of millions.

Last week, a global report recognized Toyota Corporation as the world’s largest automaker. After a record first half of 2023, the Japanese company managed to sell 5.4 million vehicles worldwide; this means an increase of 5.7% compared to the same period of the previous year. Now its hegemony may be in jeopardy as the assembly line is completely paralyzed. An extremely serious computer malfunction caused production to be stopped.

As Automotive News reports, the Japanese believe that the problem lies with the request for parts within the assembly line. The first investigations rule out a cyberattack, although at the moment there are no confirmed details. The reality is that Toyota has closed the 12 plants it owns in Japan as of Tuesday. The closure has not affected the plants abroad, although it is being studied whether these may also be affected by the computer failure.

The 12 plants closed, indefinitely until the problem is detected and resolved, represent a third of Toyota’s world production. According to official figures, Toyota’s daily production, in Japan alone, is approximately 13,500 units, including Lexus models, the house’s premium brand. The failure has happened in a chain. First, it was detected in two centers and, later, it attacked other plants. It is worth remembering that Toyota is a pioneer in Just in Time inventory management that reduces costs but presents drawbacks such as those currently experienced.


Meanwhile, Toyota has been thinking for some time about exploiting production in one of the main countries for the sale of electric vehicles, China. The Japanese seek to delay this step as long as possible, but the weight of the Chinese market can no longer be ruled out in a global structure. Next year, if the problems don’t affect the calendar, will be especially important for Toyota. The launch of two new models of great importance is expected. For now, we know them under their concept names: bZ Sport Crossover and bZ FlexSpace. The official reveal will take place in 2024.

Lynda Reeder

I'm Lynda, I currently own Tesla. I write about electric cars. My aim is to provide information on how technology can improve the ownership experience of electric vehicles.

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