Motor Corp. will idle its Georgetown, KY, and San Antonio, TX, plants for various periods over the next two months to reduce inventories.
is shutting down its Georgetown, KY, operation – home to the Camry, Avalon and Venza models Feb. 26, plus possibly three more days, two in March and one day in early April.
The Georgetown shutdown affects both of the plant’s lines, says Toyota spokesman Mike Goss.
Toyota’s San Antonio truck facility, which builds the Tundra fullsize pickup, will be down March 15-19, and April 12-16.
Toyota will lose 3,600 Tundras total, or 1,800 units per month, from its March and April production schedules, Ward’s data shows.
The Georgetown downtime will result in the loss of 1,500 units of Camry, Avalon and Venza on Feb. 26. Some 3,800 units of the three models may be lost over two days in March and 1,900 due to the loss of a production day at Georgetown in April.
Toyota has recalled all the aforementioned models either for sticky pedals, ill-fitting floor mats, or both.
Goss says the new shutdowns will have no effect on the production launch of the Tacoma compact pickup at San Antonio, slated for late June or early July, or the start of the second shift at San Antonio on March 1.
San Antonio’s second shift had been slated to start Feb. 22. Toyota delayed it when it stopped production at all its North American plants the first week of February due to a stop-sale of models involved in the sticky-pedal recall.
The Tacoma previously was assembled at Toyota’s soon-to-close New United Motor Mfg. Inc. plant in Fremont, CA. Toyota also builds the truck at a plant in Mexico.
A select number of Georgetown and San Antonio workers are to report to work for training exercises during the shutdowns, Goss says. Most employees will be given the choice to work, or take paid or unpaid vacation time.
Meanwhile, the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin. launches an investigation into whether Toyota conducted three recent recalls in a timely fashion.
NHTSA is looking into last fall’s floor-mat recall, the expansion of that recall in late January and the late January sticky-pedal recall.
Auto makers, by federal law, must notify NHTSA within five days “that a safety defect exists and promptly conduct a recall,” the U.S. safety agency says.
Specifically, NHTSA wants to know if problems with Toyota vehicles were discovered in pre- or post-production, and if consumer complaints or factory testing uncovered the issues.
“Officials are checking whether Toyota has covered all affected models in its recent recalls to ensure Toyota did not miss any problems,” NHTSA says. “The agency will obtain information on production data, incidents, complaints, warranty complaints, copies of tests, dates of meetings, timelines and supplier information.”