Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Suzuki, Mazda, Yamaha Motor join Japan's growing list of data-faking firms

Mazda recall Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha admit conducting improper emissions tests
Russell Knight | 09 August, 2018, 23:10

Mazda's inquiry, while acknowledging 72 cases out of 1,472 vehicles examined were handled inappropriately, says its investigation found "no improper adjustment or falsification of test data".

Japan's transport ministry said Thursday the three automakers admitted conducting improper inspections after 23 Japanese auto and motorbike manufacturers were ordered to examine their inspection procedures in July following similar mishandlings being found at Nissan Motor Co. and Subaru Corp.in their fuel economy data at final product quality checks.

The report is the latest episode in a growing list of data falsifications in Japan that has tarnished the image of the country's manufacturing industry, known for high-quality, efficient production.

The conduct of automakers globally has come under intense scrutiny after Germany's Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) admitted in 2015 to installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of US diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, and that as many as 11 million vehicles could have similar software installed worldwide. The report adds that this is the first time Mazda has ever been implicated in a quality compliance scandal since Mitsubishi was first reported back in 2016.

"I deeply apologize and will lead efforts to prevent a recurrence", Chief Executive Toshihiro Suzuki told a news conference.

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According to the report, Suzuki found 6,401 out of 12,819 units were tested improperly since 2012.

They said incomplete emissions tests were done on some of its vehicles, but its officials certified the results as though the tests had been administered properly.

A total of 30 models, including those whose no longer being produced, were subject to the investigation.

Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha said they would take preventive steps, such as changing inspection devices so their staff can not rewrite the data. Yamaha shares were down 4 percent. The ministry said it will instruct them to save records of the inspections and implement measures to detect or prevent data falsification.

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