News Japan Quake: Honda Extends Suspension

Japan Quake: Honda Extends Suspension

2011 Japan Earthquake News

Due to the relief effort in Northeastern Japan from to the Earthquake and subsequent Tsunami, Honda has extended the suspension of production until March 23 at three factories.

This includes the Kumamoto Factory, where Honda manufactures motorcycles (the CBR600, the VFR1200F, the DN-01 and the Super Cub).

Honda, who originally planned to restart production in these plants on March 20, says that from March 24 on it will make decisions "based on the status of the recovery of parts supply as well as Japanese society as a whole."

Honda says: "We deeply regret any inconvenience this may cause our customers, and request their understanding during these challenging times."

Japan is continuing its relief efforts, attempting to recover from Friday’s 9.0 magnitude earthquake, which subsequently caused a tsunami in the Northeastern region of the country.

As of Friday, the death toll is more than 7,000, and there is now fear of a nuclear power-plant meltdown.

To help out Japan Earthquake victims, Honda also supported its country with the following aid:
・ 300 million yen toward the relief and recovery effort.
・ A total of 1,000 generators (gasoline-powered and home-use gas canister-powered), along with 5,000 gas canisters. Honda also will dispatch its staff to explain how to use the donated generators.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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