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Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu announced it will stop shipments of all its models due to revelations that it manipulated safety tests

Pictured is Japan's Toyota Raize

Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu said on Wednesday it would suspend shipments of all models currently produced in Japan and abroad, after news emerged that it rigged safety tests and as a third-party committee uncovered more safety material violations.

In April this year, Daihatsu admitted that it had falsified the crash test results of four models, involving a total of 88,000 vehicles produced in Thailand and Malaysia in 2022 and 2023. In May of this year, it was revealed that Daihatsu had used "improper methods" to obtain government certification for hybrid vehicles in the Japanese market.

Pictured is Japan's Toyota Raize

Currently, the total number of models suspected of being involved in falsified safety inspections is 64, of which 22 are sold by Toyota. In its statement, Daihatsu said it was deeply sorry for "betraying the trust of customers and stakeholders."

In a summary of the report released on Wednesday, the independent panel blamed Dafa's misconduct on factors including "extreme pressure caused by an overly intense and rigorous development schedule" and a lack of expertise among managers. According to Nippon TV, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will conduct an on-site inspection of Daihatsu on Thursday.

This post was last modified on December 21, 2023 3:22 am

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