Volkswagen AG was assessing damage to newly built cars on the lots of its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant from hailstorms following tornadoes that ripped through the area last Friday evening.
The factory and its workers were spared, and production was under way on Monday.
Most of the German and Japanese so-called “transplants” in the southern and midwestern states hit by the storms reported little damage to their facilities and parts suppliers.
Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co. and South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. said Monday that their U.S. factories and vehicle output had not been affected.
At least 39 people were killed as more than 90 tornadoes swept northward through Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and other states on Friday and Saturday.
At VW’s new Tennessee plant, workers spent more than an hour in shelters Friday evening as two waves of tornadoes and hailstorms swept over the area.
No damage was reported to the buildings on the VW site, but the company was still checking Monday on its workers in the town and surrounding area, a spokesman said.
More than 1,000 VW cars were driven into train cars in the rail yard, back into the production buildings, or moved under protective hail nets on the parking lots before the storms struck.
But as the sheltered spaces were all filled, some cars remained exposed on the lots, and VW was assessing them Monday for damage from hail, the spokesman said.