Toyota Restricts Orders to Preserve Parts Supply

Toyota Motor Corp. wants its U.S. car dealers to stop ordering more than 200 replacement parts made in Japan because it's worried about running out of them. Toyota has given its dealers a list of 233 replacement parts that shouldn't be ordered unless a customer needs one for a repair. Toyota says that its parts inventory is adequate despite production that was disrupted by the earthquake in Japan. But it has restricted orders of some components made by suppliers to make sure they remain available. Dealers say the parts include brake rotors, body panels, shock absorbers and others. They mainly are for the Prius gas-electric hybrid and hybrid versions of the Highlander SUV, and the Camry midsize sedan. Toyota currently has more than 300,000 replacement parts.