All domestic production at Daihatsu Motor was halted on Tuesday. Amid a safety testing scandal affecting the majority of its vehicles, it is uncertain when the factory will reopen.
The manufacturer stopped working at the Copen mini vehicle assembly plant in Osaka Prefecture on Tuesday. It was the latest of the company’s four Japanese plants to be shut down.
Daihatsu announced on Monday that the suspension will remain in place at least until the end of January, which is a setback for both its parent firm, Toyota Motor, and its more than 8,000 suppliers.
In Japan, Toyota’s small-car division typically produces 4,000 vehicles per day. The carmaker manufactured around 870,000 units in the previous fiscal year as of April, employing about 9,000 people at its local operations.
Daihatsu pledged to reimburse each of the 423 businesses it directly serves.