Honda will extend its current production shutdown at key factories until March 23, due to the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami on March 11. The world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer announced production suspended at its motorcycle factory in Kumamoto on March 14. The Kumamoto facility, along with auto factories at Saitama and Suzuka will remain shuttered until at least March 24. A March 18 press release announcing the decision is posted below, courtesy of Honda – MCUSA Ed
Considering the current situation of the nationwide recovery efforts in Japan, Honda had previously announced the suspension of production until March 20. Today, Honda made the decision to extend the suspension of production of finished units at the following plants until March 23, 2011: for automobiles, Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory (Sayama, Saitama) and Suzuka Factory (Suzuka, Mie) and for motorcycles, Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto).
Concerning operations from March 24 on, Honda will make decisions based on the status of the recovery of parts supply as well as Japanese society as a whole. We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these challenging times.