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Toyota’s Japan production halted over supplier ‘malfunction’

TOKYO (AP) – Toyota will suspend production at all 28 lines of its 14 plants in Japan starting today, because of a “system malfunction” at a domestic supplier, the automaker said yesterday.

Public broadcaster NHK TV and other Japanese media said a major Toyota supplier had been hit by a suspected cyberattack. No details were given. It was unclear when production would resume. The maker of the Prius hybrid and Camry sedan declined comment on the reports. A spokeswoman said the company did not have all the details.

A system malfunction at a plant could possibly refer to power being down or other overall problems, but a cyberattack is one possibility.

Toyota Motor Corp apologised for inconveniencing its customers and promised to fix the supply glitch “as soon as possible”.

Employees working at a Toyota assembly plant. PHOTO: AFP