Toyota Joins In On Producing Medical Supplies During Coronavirus

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While Ford, General Motors, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles are in the limelight for their plans to make respirators, ventilators, and facemasks for health care professionals and individuals that have the coronavirus, other automakers are starting to enter the fray. Toyota recently announced that it too would be manufacturing face shields at its North American facilities to help with the spread of the coronavirus.

“With our plants idled and our dealers focused on servicing customers, we are eager to contribute our expertise and know-how in order to help quickly bring to market the medical supplies and equipment needed to combat the COVID crisis,” said Ted Ogawa, incoming CEO of Toyota Manufacturing of North America.

It’s nice to see automakers come together to help healthcare workers and affected individuals with much-needed supplies, but these automakers are also looked to bring the coronavirus to an end as quickly as possible. Not too long ago, nearly all of the automakers with factories in North America shut them down to protect workers from contracting the virus. A lot of the timelines were incredibly short and have since been extended to better account for just how long COVID-19 is expected to stay.

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We expect to see more automakers join Toyota, Ford, GM, and FCA to announce similar efforts. Lending a helping hand puts them in a good light with consumers, helps breathe some life back into idled plants, and helps bring the spread of the virus to an end quicker.

With the coronavirus being a global thing, we could see this becoming an industry effort. While Ford, GM, and FCA started looking into producing respirators, ventilators, and facemasks out of goodwill, President Donald Trump recently invoked emergency powers to order GM to produce ventilators, reports Automotive News. So, whether automakers like it or not, if the President believes that they have any capacity to make respirators or ventilators, he is fully capable of ordering automakers to make them. How many ventilators GM needs to build hasn’t been announced yet. It’s very possible that President Trump could order other automakers, like Ford, to build breathing apparatuses.

Data from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine claims that there are a total of 105,573 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. – the most globally. There have been a total of 1,711 deaths in the country because of the virus.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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