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August 18, 2015
Toyota says workers injured, factory lines shut in Tianjin
Tokyo (AFP) Aug 17, 2015
Toyota on Monday said more than 50 employees were injured after two giant explosions last week in the Chinese city of Tianjin, where the carmaker's factory lines will remain closed until at least the end of Wednesday. Production at Toyota's Tianjin subsidiary - including a factory line 70 kilometres (44 miles) away that depends on parts from the main operation - was halted due to evacuations from the city, Toyota said. When the accident happened, Toyota's operations had been shut for a week's ... read more

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