DETROIT -- Honda Motor Co., grappling with production slowdowns stemming from record floods in Thailand, said today that output at its six North American assembly plants is expected to return to normal levels on Dec. 1 and 2.
After those dates, however, production levels will remain uncertain, a spokesman said. Production rates after Dec. 2 will be announced at a later day, Honda said.
In the meantime, production rates "will vary from plant to plant, but some plants will produce at rates above the previously announced 50 percent of the original plan through Nov. 30," Honda said in a statement today.
A memo sent to Honda dealers last week said that production will improve to up to 75 percent of normal levels, depending on the plant, Automotive News has reported.
It's unclear how specific plants will be affected by the situation, Honda spokesman Ed Miller told Automotive News.
"We're working on this model by model," he said. "It's a situation that changes a lot because we're scrambling to get parts sooner from other sources."
While some critical electronic parts are purchased from Thailand and other regions, 87 percent of Honda and Acura automobiles sold in the United States were produced in North America in 2010, the automaker said in a statement today.
"The scope of the problem is not as great as it might appear," Miller said. "On the other hand, we don't want to say we're definitely going to do such and such by certain date. It's better to be cautious."
Miller said that although suppliers have been affected in Thailand, the situation at hand is "not the scope that Japan was," referring to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.