Toyota to gradually resume North American production starting May 4

Toyota Motor Corp said Thursday that it hopes to gradually resume production in North America starting May 4 and will impose new safety procedures after stopping operations in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Japan’s largest automaker said it expects production to be slow next month.

The company added that it is not yet clear when the industry will be allowed to resume operations in Mexico.

Toyota will add temperature controls for all plant employees, personal protective equipment, use “non-contact” inputs and outputs, and even ban the use of non-emergency elevators.

“There is no return to normality in the foreseeable future,” said Toyota Motor North America managing director Chris Reynolds, who noted that he expects production to increase later in May “to meet consumer demand.”

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