Toyota Says Insufficient Disk Space On Servers Forced Production Stoppage In Japan

The major cause of an automaker’s decision to halt production at a particular plant is often a lack of supplies. Occasionally, accidents also happen, forcing automakers to temporarily cease production. In rare circumstances, external factors like bad weather or cyberattacks might also slow down output. At the end of the previous month, Toyota had to hit the pause button at each of its 14 factories in Japan, which presented a new issue.


The first shift of August 29 saw the suspension of production at certain domestic factories, and the evening shift of the same day saw the suspension of 28 lines across all 14 plants. What precisely happened, then? Regular maintenance was done on August 28 the day before, but it didn’t go as planned. Toyota explains the data gathered in the database was deleted and organized, but the system stopped after an error occurred due to insufficient disk space.

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The backup feature did not function properly because the servers were using the same operating system, so an automatic switchover was not carried out. Toyota has no choice but to halt operations at all of its factories in Japan. Only when the data had been transferred to a server with more storage space were the processes resumed.
After the production order system’s issue was fixed, manufacturing has since been resumed. Toyota claims that after locating the offender, the required steps have been made to ensure that it won’t happen again.


Toyota is introducing the Century SUV today, adding yet another model to its domestic lineup. The Tahara Plant will produce it, although it won’t be a high-volume car because the  automotive giant estimates it’ll sell only 30 units per month. That’s not much of a surprise considering the ultra-luxury SUV costs the equivalent of $170,000.

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