28 Mar 2010

Toyota to suspend UK, France production

8:02 am on 28 March 2010

Toyota has announced it will suspend production at its plants in Britain and France after a drop in sales blamed on its safety recalls.

The car manufacturer will halt work at its British factories from next Monday to Thursday and again from 6 - 9 April, when it will also temporarily stop output from its plant in France.

In recent months, Toyota has been forced to recall more than eight million vehicles worldwide mostly due to problems with sudden acceleration, which have been blamed for 58 deaths in the United States.

A Toyota spokesman said the initial stoppages in Britain and France are due to lower sales, while the second four-day closure in Britain will be in preparation for the production of a new model.