Toyota Scrambles to Play Catch Up on Lost Production
The global semiconductor shortage has posed a real hurdle for carmakers looking to turn the corner on a couple of slow years caused by the pandemic. Toyota is reportedly ready to start making up for lost time before the end of the year.
The Japanese automaker says it plans to ramp up production in December, according to Reuters. The company aims to produce about 800,000 cars that month, which would be up by roughly 40,000 from December 2020. That would also put the company on track to hit an annual goal of building 9 million vehicles by the end of the financial year in March.
Toyota and other major auto manufacturers have seen production choked by a confluence of events that lead to the chip shortage.
“The pandemic forced component factories to close while also driving up demand for semiconductors that carmakers needed as people forced to stay home bought tablets and other electronic devices,” Reuters’ Maki Shiraki reports. “With too few parts, automakers have been unable to take advantage of a rebound in demand for cars in key markets such as China.
Toyota’s annual production goal was trimmed by about 300,000 cars earlier this year, a result of the chip shortage and rising infection rates that slowed work at parts factories in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Toyota Recalls Cars Over Serious Defects
Meanwhile, Toyota has continued to ensure that cars that it puts on the road are actually safe to drive.
The company recalled more than 260,000 Prius vehicles last year over a software defect that Toyota said could cause the cars to stall unexpectedly and without warning, increasing the risk of a crash. The company also recalled some 700,000 vehicles because of a separate fuel pump issue that Toyota said put those cars at risk of stalling.
The good news for car owners in California is that you do not need to wait for a recall to get a defective vehicle fixed. The California lemon law requires carmakers to perform repairs of cars while they are under warranty and to buy back (or replace, in some cases) cars that a manufacturer cannot or will not fix.
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