Nissan monitors radiaton levels of imported cars from Japan

Article by Christian A., on March 21, 2011

To reassure customers, Nissan Americas has started to monitor vehicles imported from Japan for radioactive material – the first Japanese automaker to do so. There has been concern that Japanese imports are radioactive due to the failing Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in northeast Japan. Nissan is also hoping to quell anxiety that there will be supply shortages, especially for the electric Nissan Leaf.

According to the trade association, Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, no harmful radiation levels have been detected at car plants from its member companies. Nissan said monitoring for radioactivity will continue until it’s sure that any risk of contamination is completely removed.

Nissan asserted that it has a 47-day supply of Nissan vehicles in America and a 49-day supply of Infiniti vehicles.

The industry average stands at 60 days, so Nissan’s inventory levels are admittedly tighter than most. As of last Wednesday, Nissan had a 50-day supply of U.S. inventory.

Nissan said that its U.S- based car plants will be able to continue to run for at least the next seven days without the parts it gets from Japan. But after March 25, Nissan will have to reassess the situation.

The Nissan Altima, Maxima, Xterra, Frontier, Pathfinder, Titan and Infiniti QX56 are produced in the U.S. Nissan said that the 600 Nissan Leafs on their way to the U.S. can be added to the vehicles that are already in the U.S., totaling to about 1,500 Leafs.

Nissan had only sold 173 Leafs through the end of February. Honda said that it will also continue the suspension of Japanese production until Wednesday instead of resuming production on Sunday as initially planned. Nissan builds the Honda Fit and Acura TSX in Japan. [via KickinTires]

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