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said Tuesday it would extend the shutdown of its Japanese auto production plants at least through March 26.

The automaker said it hasn't made a decision on when to resume vehicle production in Japan.

On March 17, Toyota resumed production of replacement parts for vehicles already on the market. On March 21, Toyota resumed the production of parts for overseas use.

All 13 North American vehicle and engine plants are running normally, although overtime has been curtailed, the company said.

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