Toyota, Honda, and Nissan are assessing damage.
Several major Japanese manufacturers have stopped production in aftermath of the devastating earthquakes in the country.
Two powerful earthquakes (6.4 and 7.3 on the Richter scale) struck the south-western island of Kyushu last week killing at least 42 people. Both quakes caused huge damage to the urban infrastructure in the city of Kumamoto with destruction to buildings, roads, and bridges.
It turns out the natural disaster also hit automakers, as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan report they will suspend or have already halted production at plants in Japan. Toyota will stop operations at most of its assembly plants in the country in stages for about a week. The company said it had been unable to source parts from some of its suppliers.
Honda won’t be producing motorcycles in its plant near Kumamoto until April 22 to further check for damage on the assembly lines. Nissan has halted production at its plant in Fukuoka, where the Serena, Teana, Murano, and Note models are assembled, but is expected to resume operations today.
Sony has also decided to stop production in its image sensor plant in Kumamoto. The company is assessing structural and equipment damage in the factory and will soon make a decision when to restart production. Meanwhile, Sony had resumed full operations at its plants in Nagasaki and Oita.