Nissan has confirmed the safety of all foreign employees working in Japan and announced that they have implemented a policy of monitoring and testing all vehicles manufactured at plants in the disaster-stricken country for traces of radioactive material.
"Looking ahead, we will continue to implement all appropriate measures to reassure the public that all products from our company remain within globally accepted safety standards and until we are confident that any risk of contamination is completely removed, said Simon Sproule, corporate vice president of marketing for Nissan Motor Company," according to a report by CNN.
CNN sources inside the company said there is virtually no risk of contamination from a car and no potential health risk to customers, but testing began because of public concern.
Nissan announced they had suspended operations at some of their plants including the Oppama Plant, Tochigi Plant, Yokohama Plant and Nissan Shatai until Sunday, March 20. Operations have resumed at the Kyushu Plant and Nissan Shatai Kyushu.
All of the Japanese plants have reported partial damage to buildings and equipment sustained in the 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami that leveled the country on March 11. The company reports manufacturing operations have been slowed by problems arranging delivery of parts from suppliers, according to a Nissan press release.
"All business travel to Japan has been suspended. Nissan reports they are aware that a number of national governments have recommended their citizens consider leaving the greater Tokyo area or Japan entirely. Nissan has no current plan to repatriate its foreign employees, but we are working with each employee regarding their own personal choices and fully respect their decision to stay or leave."
"Nissan has committed over 400,000,000 yen (5 million dollars) in cash and in-kind contributions to support Japanese relief efforts. They have also donated at least 50 vehicles to support aid agencies in the affected areas of Japan."