Tochigi, Japan – Honda has confirmed that a 43-year-old man was killed and more than 30 employees injured at its Tochigi R&D Center in Japan in last week’s earthquake. The man was killed when a wall collapsed in a cafeteria.

In a statement, Honda expressed “its sincere condolences to the family of the associate who died as a result of this earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and all those injured or displaced by this tragedy.”

Some of the company’s plants were temporarily closed following the disaster. Honda said that there is no immediate impact on its operations in North America, as more than 80 per cent of Honda and Acura products sold there are produced locally, and the vast majority of automotive parts for these vehicles are sourced in the region. There will also be no major impact on the availability of Honda products built in Japan and imported to North America, including the Honda Fit, Insight and CR-Z, and Acura TSX and RL, as well as a small percentage of Honda CR-Vs.

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