Toyota is shutting an assembly plant in Brazil for three days over the next four weeks, cutting production by about 1,200 cars, because of a shortage of parts due to the Japanese earthquake.

The plant at Indaiatuba, which makes Corollas, was shut on Monday and will also shut on 6 and 20 May, a Toyota spokesman told Reuters. Last year, the Corolla made up more than half of the automaker's sales in Brazil.

Toyota also said it will cut production in Argentina by about 400 Hilux pickup trucks and SW4 SUVs in May. A plant in Zarate in Argentina will not run second shifts on three days: 13, 20 and 27 May, Toyota said.