Nissan shutters six Japanese facilities, production in North America to continue


Nissan says its American manufacturing facilities are operational and will continue with normal production until further notice despite sustaining damage to six Japanese production and parts facilities that have suspended overseas operations until Friday.

The automaker also confirmed reports that some U.S. and Canada-bound vehicles at the Port of Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture and other vehicles stored at the Miyagi Service Center (Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture) were damaged due to the earthquake and/or tsunami.

Automotive News reported earlier today that at least 2,300 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles parked at two loading points were heavily damaged when the earthquake-triggered tsunami slammed into the Pacific coast last week.

Roughly 1,300 of those vehicles were slated for overseas delivery. Nissan has not confirmed the number of units damaged.

“A shipment of more than 600 Nissan LEAF’s destined for the U.S. left port in Japan on March 10, just prior to the earthquake, and will arrive as scheduled,” the automaker said in a release this afternoon. “Future impact, if any, on Nissan LEAF supply continues to being assessed.

In total six of Nissan’s facilities in Japan have reported some damage to their buildings or equipment, including Iwaki Plant (Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture), Tochigi Plant (Kawachi County, Tochigi Prefecture), Yokohama Plant (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Oppama Plant (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture), Zama Operations Center (Zama City, Kanagawa Prefecture) and Honmoku Wharf (Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture).

Nissan said its Tochigi and Iwaki plants would suspend operations until Friday.  Nissan’s Oppama, Kyushu, Shatai and Yokohama plants will suspend operations until Wednesday.

Click HERE for video of a fire at a vehicle loading port in Japan. No manufacturer has confirmed the make and model of these damaged vehicles.

- With files from Automotive News