Toyota announced Tuesday that it plans to continue idling production two days each week through early June at its North American plants, including its largest, in Georgetown.
The world's No. 1 automaker continues to face a lack of Japanese parts after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami on March 11 in Japan.
Production will not take place Mondays and Fridays from April 26 to June 3. Also, production will run at 50 percent on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during that time.
All U.S. production will be suspended during the week of May 30, which includes Memorial Day.
"We are trying to continue production as much as possible and keep our work force intact in order to facilitate a smooth transition back to full production when all parts are available," Georgetown plant chairman Steve St. Angelo said in a statement.
Previously, the company announced that its plants would suspend production April 15, 18, 21, 22 and 25. Production will take place, though, on April 21 at Georgetown, which produces the Camry, Camry Hybrid, Venza and Avalon.
The shutdowns will affect about 25,000 workers across North America. The Georgetown plant employs about 7,000 workers.
Workers will not be laid off during any of those days. As they have during past production stoppages, including those that followed recalls last year, employees will have three options: They can report to work as usual for training or plant improvement such as maintenance, use paid vacation time or take unpaid time off.
"Overall, we believe our approach to this is the best process to minimize the impact on team members, suppliers, dealers and our plant communities," Georgetown plant spokesman Rick Hesterberg said.
Next month marks 25 years since Toyota broke ground on the Georgetown plant.
On average, about 85 percent of the parts and materials in the dozen Toyota and Lexus models built in North America come from suppliers in North America.
Earlier this week, Toyota announced that it has resumed production at all of its plants in Japan for the first time since last month's disaster, but it was doing so at half capacity because of parts shortages. Toyota spokeswoman Shiori Hashimoto said it remained unclear when Toyota would return to full production in Japan.