Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Suzuki fall foul of officials over falsifying data

Toyota has stopped domestic deliveries of three car models after the company admitted to falsifying test data.

The automaker has apologized for violating government certification rules.

Japanese competitors Honda, Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha are also involved in the scandal.

Mazda admitted to “improper treatment of test vehicles during crash tests” and a rewrite of the engine control software.

The brand stated that there were “no safety concerns” with the affected cars, but has suspended sales of the Mazda2 and MX-5 Roadster. Mazda Australia has been contacted for comment on any potential impact on local vehicles.

Toyota said in a statement that some models in its product range had been “tested using methods that deviate from government standards.”

While the company acknowledged providing insufficient data and making errors in crash tests, it said there were “no performance issues that violate laws and regulations.”

“We sincerely apologize for any concern or inconvenience this may cause to our customers and shareholders who have placed their trust in Toyota,” the statement said.

Toyota Australia said in a statement that the company is seeking detailed information on this issue and will provide updates as soon as possible.

“We are aware that none of the vehicles currently for sale or on Australian roads have any safety or performance issues. At this time, customers can continue to drive their Toyota vehicle,” the statement said.

The Transport Ministry asked Toyota and other brands to stop delivering certain models within Japan after they reported violations of standardized steps for certifying vehicles for shipment.

On-site checks would also be carried out, it was said.

Mazda also apologized after an investigation confirmed irregularities in five tests involving more than 150,000 cars.

“We would like to sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and concern this may cause to our customers, business partners, dealers and all other Mazda stakeholders,” the statement said.

Both Mazda and Toyota have stopped selling the models affected by the irregularities.

According to AFP, the latest problems came to light after the ministry asked 85 car manufacturers and parts suppliers to report misconduct related to certification applications. This instruction was triggered by a safety testing scandal at Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu.

Daihatsu admitted in December that it had been rigging tests since at least 1989 and shut down all of its factories – a major blow to the Japanese economy. Deliveries resumed in April after the government lifted a comprehensive ban.

“It is extremely regrettable that further misconduct has been uncovered” that “undermines user confidence and shakes the vehicle certification system to its core,” the ministry said in a statement.

At a press conference in Tokyo, reported by the Japan Times, Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda apologized for the company’s behavior, saying that this behavior “shook the foundations of the certification system itself.”

Toyota announced that it would stop deliveries of the Corolla Fielder, Corolla Axio and Yaris Cross models after the company reported inadequate results in pedestrian and passenger protection tests.

The world’s top-selling automaker said ongoing internal investigations had also found that four other models no longer in production “were tested using methods that deviate from government standards.”

Toyota apologized to its customers but assured them that the vehicles were safe to drive.

Honda said it had found shortcomings in tests related to noise and engine performance, but stressed that its vehicles were safe and met company standards.

In recent months, Toyota’s truck and bus brand Hino has been affected by a scandal over manipulated engine tests in Japan.

Meanwhile, subsidiary Toyota Industries failed to conduct proper performance tests for the certification of three diesel engine models.

Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said in January that it would “take time to regain the trust of our customers” and promised to initiate a “transformation”.

With AFP

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