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Electrical explosion hits Honda Suzuka plant

An electrical explosion has hit the Honda plant in Suzuka, injuring two staff members

AN explosion has occurred at the Honda Suzuki plant, Mie prefecture on Sunday 14th June.

The explosion occurred within a switchboard at around 9:15 am local time, with two staff members receiving burns and requiring hospital treatment because of the explosion.

The two staff members, both in their 20s, who were checking the switchboard at the time of the incident and were injured as a result. An officer with the prefectural police confirmed they had both been sent to be treated.

A company spokesperson has confirmed they are going to conduct a full investigation into the incident.

The Suzuka plant was formerly the location that produced the iconic and best-selling Super Cub of the 1960s, and lesser-known bikes like the Tact and Roadpal. Now though the plant predominantly builds cars, most notably the N-Box and N-Van MPVs for the Japanese and Asian markets.

The explosion comes just a week after Honda was the victim of a global cyber-attack that prevented the Japanese manufacturer from accessing its servers.

In a statement on Twitter, Honda confirmed the ‘virus has spread’ throughout its network and has affected its production systems out of Japan.

It went on to say, “At this time Honda Customer Service and Honda Financial Services are experiencing technical difficulties and are unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and understanding.”

It was also confirmed that no data was breached during the attack, and was quoted as saying ‘at this point, we see minimal business impact’.

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