Toyota production continues after chip plant fire

Officials at Toyota say they plan to continue producing cars for now, despite a fire at a major semiconductor manufacturer. Toyota is a significant trading partner of the Japanese chipmaker, Renesas Electronics.

The officials say they have concluded that no stoppages or other production adjustments will be needed, after checking stocks of parts and semiconductors at their suppliers.

But they added that action may be required later, depending on other device makers' inventories.

Renesas said on Tuesday it would take at least three months before chip shipments return to normal.

The fire at its factory north of Tokyo on March 19 has created bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors used in automobiles.