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Toyota suspends operations at 14 Japan plants over computer failure

Tokyo, Aug 29 (EFE).- Japanese vehicle manufacturer Toyota Motor suspended operations Tuesday at its 14 plants in the country, due to a failure in the computer system and with no forecast of when it will be able to resume them.

“This is a system failure that prevents parts orders. We do not know when it will be possible to recover, but we are trying to resume operations,” a company spokesperson told EFE, adding that it is not a cyber attack.

The Aichi-based firm initially announced Tuesday the suspension of its operations at 12 of its plants, to which 2 more facilities were added. All its 28 production lines distributed in 14 domestic factories were paralyzed.

The automotive group continues to investigate the causes of the incident and at the moment does not know when it will be able to resume work at its plants.

Shares of Toyota Motor, which opened positively Tuesday on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, reached the mid-session break with a decrease of 0.38 percent after the news broke.

Today’s suspension comes after the company had to halt production at all its domestic factories in March following a cyberattack on one of its suppliers that affected its ordering platform.

That incident also led Toyota to suspend all operations at its 14 production plants, including those of its Hino and Daihatsu brands, which meant a drop in expected production of 13,000 units, about 5 percent of its monthly volume.

Japanese authorities analyzed the case to determine its origin, which occurred shortly after several countries warned of the possibility that Russia carried out attacks of this type on targets of countries that have supported the sanctions against them for the invasion of Ukraine. EFE


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