Automakers On Alert As Typhoon Roke Makes Headway Into Japan

After the devastation Japan suffered from the March earthquakes and tsunami, some Japanese automakers are playing it safe with Typhoon Roke. Both Toyota and Nissan have announced that they will temporarily close some of their plants as a precaution during the typhoon, while Honda said it will change factory hours to protect its workers.

Automotive News is reporting that Toyota has closed 11 factories in central Japan as a precaution during Typhoon Roke, which has already caused four deaths. Nissan has closed two of its factories while it weathers out the storm.

Not all Japanese automakers are taking the same precautions as Toyota and Nissan though. Automotive News reports that Honda isn’t closing its factory in central Japan, but rather changing the plant’s hours around the typhoon. The other two automakers with factories in the region, Mitsubishi and Suzuki, are both operating as normal and don’t plan on shutting down.

Neither Toyota nor Nissan had comment on how much production would be affected by the typhoon. Typhoon Roke has winds of up to 130 mph, making it the equivalent of a Category 3 Hurricane.

Source: Automotive News (subscription required)

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