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Quake Shuts Down Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Infiniti in Japan

Toyota Motor Corp. suspended production at all of its plants in Japan at least through Monday following the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated coastal areas in the northern part of the country.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Sunday it would halt production at its three domestic assembly plants through Tuesday. The move follows similar suspensions at Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co.

At least 2,300 Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles awaiting shipment to U.S. and Japan showrooms were damaged and some later caught fire when Friday's tsunami swept through the Port of Hitachi. They included nearly 1,300 Infiniti M, EX and FX models headed for North America.

At Toyota, more than a dozen assembly plants and parts factories will be idled. Virtually every model exported to the United States from Japan, from the Prius and Corolla to models in the Lexus and Scion lineups, could be affected.

Toyota's body-making subsidiaries in the quake zone, Kanto Auto Works Ltd. and Central Motors Co., will also keep plants closed.

Toyota will decide when to restart production after reassessing damage and the condition of its supply chain on Monday, spokesman Keisuke Kirimoto said.

"It's first things first. And that's safety," Kirimoto said.

Toyota was still trying to get a grip on damage at plants in the disaster area, he added. No Toyota employees were injured when the deadly March 11 tremblor struck off Japan's northeast Pacific coast.

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