Toyota: Production delays likely in North America

NEW YORK (AP) - Toyota Motor Corporation says it's likely that there will be some production halts at its North American plants due to disruptions in the supply of vehicle parts following Japan's earthquake and tsunami.

The automaker said Wednesday it has told its associates and dealers of the likely production snags, but says it's too early to predict where the interruptions will occur or for how long.

Most of the parts for Toyota vehicles built in North America come from roughly 500 suppliers there, not Japan.

The company says dealerships still have an ample supply of vehicles and deliveries are continuing.

Toyota initially planned to roll out the Prius minivan in April. But the disaster in northern Japan crippled supply chains and destroyed shops, forcing Toyota to postpone the launch.