Honda says it has suspended production at several plants as it assesses the situation following last week’s massive earthquake.

In a statement, the company noted as of 14 March all production activities had been suspended at the following Honda plants: Sayama Plant at Saitama Factory (Sayama, Saitama), Ogawa Plant (Ogawa-machi, Hiki-gun Saitama), Tochigi Factory (Moka, Tochigi), Hamamatsu Factory (Hamamatsu, Shizuoka) and Suzuka Factory (Suzuka, Mie).

From 15-20 March, Honda will suspend all production activities at its plants listed above as well as at Kumamoto Factory (Ozu-machi, Kikuchi-gun, Kumamoto).

Until 20 March Honda will suspend regular operations at all Honda facilities in the Tochigi area, where damage was more serious – including the Tochigi Factory, Honda R&D Co., R&D Centre (Tochigi) and Honda Engineering and focus on the recovery of each operation. Honda associates will not come to work during this time.

The Japanese automaker added it would cooperate with the rolling blackout requested by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to conserve electricity.

Honda will also allow prospective employees who are due to join in April, to delay their first day of work by up to two months if they or their families are affected by the earthquake.