In a statement, Honda Motor Co and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said, they are hoping to restart auto production at their U.S. and Canadian facilities in May.
Honda Motor which had halted auto production on March 23, 2020 said, it will extend the production halt through May 1.
Fiat Chrysler said, it “intends to progressively restart its U.S. and Canadian manufacturing facilities beginning May 4.”
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump extended the guidelines aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus to April 30.
According to several U.S. auto industry executives, it will be nearly impossible for companies to resume production before May 1. There is also no certainty that automakers will be able to resume production in early May.
In an internal estimate, last week, Ford Motor Co had said, it believes 600,000 U.S. auto sales may have been lost in March because of the recent outbreak.
Noting that many consumers are unable to purchase vehicles, Honda said, it “must continue to suspend production in order to align product supply with a lack of market demand.”
Many states have stopped car dealers from selling new cars while “stay at home” order are in place.
General Motors Co has shutdown its plants indefinitely and has not provided a resumption date for its factories.
Automakers are continuing to work on additional employee safety measures when they resume production; this includes new personal protective gear, staggering shift starts, more frequent cleanings as well as maintaining new social distancing rules.
In a statement FCA said, it will redesign “work stations to maintain proper social distancing and expanding the already extensive cleaning protocols at all locations.”