Toyota says to keep 12 assembly plants shut to Mar 22

TOKYO, March 16 Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:17am EDT

TOKYO, March 16 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor said it will keep all of its 12 main assembly plants in Japan closed through March 22 following last Friday's devastating earthquake.

Closure of the factories since Monday has already resulted in lost production of 40,000 vehicles.

Toyota also said on Wednesday that it would restart production of spare parts on Thursday at seven plants near its base in Toyota City, central Japan, to be shipped to service centres for repairs to Toyota vehicles already on the road.

From March 21, Toyota will also begin making car parts at the same plant for assembly factories overseas, the company said. (Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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