With growing fear over the possibility of imported Japanese products being laced with radioactive material from the earthquake- and tsunami-damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the global automotive industry was assured cars are free from contamination.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), which is composed of Japan's major car manufacturers, has issued a statement saying that radiation levels that could harm humans have not been detected at any of its member companies.
The JAMA added that the "entire Japanese automobile industry will be immediately taking all the measures required to demonstrate" that its products are safe.
Earlier, WallStreetJournal.com reported that Nissan Motor has started "monitoring" vehicles produced in Japan "for any traces of radioactive material." In addition, Nissan reportedly said that it is taking measures to "reassure the public that all products" meet globally accepted safety standards and that monitoring will continue "until we are confident that any risk of contamination is completely removed."
Since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and its resulting tsunami devastated Japan's northeastern coast on March 11, Nissan Motor was one of the first carmakers to resume production. Nissan resumed production at its Kyushu plant on March 17, saying that it will continue to manufacture vehicles until its "supplies last." Nissan’s plants in Oppama, Tochigi, Kyushu, and Yokohama are limiting production to parts for overseas manufacturing and for repairs.
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