Japanese automakers Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha admit false emissions data
09 August, 2018, 15:22 | Author: Eric Barnett
Mazda Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp and Yamaha Motor Co improperly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions, the Japanese government said on Thursday, in the latest cases of data falsifications by the nation's manufacturers.
The growing list of improprieties has tarnished the image of the country's manufacturing industry, known for high-quality, efficient production.
According to Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan, Suzuki, along with Mazda and Toyota have accepted to having cheated on the emissions tests and submitted a report of samples of manufactured vehicles selected during the quality assurance process. The ministry looked at tests done for different periods at the three automakers, stretching back to 2012 in Suzuki's case. Suzuki said almost half of its 12,819 new auto inspections involved improper inspections at its three plants.
The companies admitted incomplete emissions tests were done on some of its vehicles, but their officials certified the results as though the tests had been administered fully.
"I deeply apologize and will lead efforts to prevent a recurrence", Chief Executive Toshihiro Suzuki told a news conference. Improper inspections happened less often at the other two - 2.1 per cent of 335 motorbikes inspected in the last two years at Yamaha and 3.8 per cent of 1875 vehicles inspected at Mazda over the past four years, the ministry said in a statement.
Mazda shares were down as much as 1.8 percent, their lowest in almost four weeks, and Suzuki shares were down as much as 5.2 percent, its worst session since November 2016, versus a 0.5 percent fall in the benchmark Nikkei.
Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha said they would take preventive steps, such as changing inspection devices so their staff can not rewrite the data. Yamaha Motor confirmed it carried out inappropriate testing.
"It is extremely regrettable".
The ministry said it would "examine their reports and take strict measures if necessary".
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