Three Japan automakers admit false emissions data

Tokyo (TIP): Japan’s Suzuki Motor, Mazda and Yamaha have admitted using false emissions data for
some vehicles, the transport ministry said on Thursday, in the latest product quality scandal to hit the
country’s auto sector.
The companies came forward after the ministry last month ordered 23 auto and motorbike companies
to conduct in-house probes after it emerged Nissan and Subaru had cheated on fuel economy and
emissions data.
All three reported “inappropriate handling” of vehicle inspections, the ministry said.

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.
Suzuki admitted improper inspections on 6,401 vehicles, or nearly half of those subject to sample
checking, between 2012 and 2018.
Mazda said it 72 vehicles or 3.8 per cent of those in its sample were affected, while Yamaha put the
figure at 2.1 per cent of its motorbike sample.
The ministry said it would “examine their reports and take strict measures if necessary”. It said most of
the 20 other companies asked to examine their data had reported no misconduct, while several others
were still investigating.
The admissions are the latest in a string of scandals involving data falsification and testing standard
breaches in Japan’s key auto sector. In July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel
economy had been “altered” for some of its vehicles, and last year the firm was forced to recall more
than a million vehicles after admitting staff without proper authorisation had carried out some
inspections. Source: AFP

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