In response to the discovery of irregularities in certification tests for diesel engines developed by affiliate Toyota Industries, Toyota Motors has announced the extension of the shutdown of two prominent production lines at manufacturing plants operated by Toyota group companies in Japan.

The production lines, which were initially suspended on January 29, will now remain halted until March 1. Toyota Motors is set to make a crucial decision on March 1 regarding whether to reopen the production lines from Monday, March 4.

The affected lines include one at Toyota Auto Body’s Inabe plant in Mie prefecture, known for producing the Alphard and Vellfire minivans.

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Additionally, one line at Gifu Auto Body’s main plant in Gifu prefecture, responsible for manufacturing the HiAce van, will also continue to be suspended.

The decision to extend the shutdown comes as Toyota Motors is addressing the irregularities in certification tests, underlining its commitment to maintaining the highest standards of quality and compliance.

The company aims to thoroughly investigate and rectify the issues before considering the resumption of production.

This development has significant implications for the automotive industry, as Toyota Motors is a major player in the global market.

Stakeholders and industry observers await the decision on March 1, as it will shed light on the company’s strategy to address the challenges posed by the certification test irregularities.