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Toyota to Halt Japan Car Assembly Until March 26 After Quake

Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s largest carmaker, will halt operations at all of its domestic car-assembly plants through March 26 as Japan’s record earthquake continues to delay parts supplies.

The company made the decision after checking the status of parts makers in Japan following the magnitude-9 earthquake off the coast of Sendai on March 11, said Shiori Hashimoto, a spokeswoman for the company. Toyota may lose production of 140,000 vehicles since March 14, with electronic parts, rubber and plastics in short supply, Hashimoto said.