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will likely suspend production at some of its North American plants as a result of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal

reported Wednesday that Toyota told employees of the possibility on Wednesday.

"Our supply line has reached a point where it is clear we will incur some non-production time," according to a memo to workers obtained by the newspaper. "The amount of non-production is still uncertain."

The disasters in Japan caused "extensive damage" to many parts suppliers that provide components to Toyota and other automakers, the memo said. However, it noted that supplies of most products are ample, deliveries to North America continue, and parts plants in Japan are up and running.

-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte


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