Japan's Suzuki Motor, Mazda, and Yamaha have admitted using false emissions data for some vehicles, the transport ministry said Thursday, in the latest product quality scandal to hit the country's auto sector.
The government had ordered the automakers to make checks after revelations of improper testing at Subaru Corp and Nissan Motor Co past year.
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 conducted over different periods at all three automakers. Suzuki said almost half of its 12,819 new vehicle inspections involved improper inspections at its three plants.
Suzuki Motor CEO Toshihiro Suzuki (2nd R) bows with other executives during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan August 9, 2018.
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.
A total of 30 models, including those whose no longer being produced, were subject to the investigation.
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Mazda said it 72 vehicles or 3.8 percent of those in its sample were affected, while Yamaha put the figure at 2.1 percent of its motorbike sample.
At Mazda, of 1,875 cars subject to the sampling inspection, improper inspections were discovered in almost 4 percent since November 2014. He said managers familiar with inspections were not staffed at the factories where discipline was lacking.
Yamaha also confirmed it carried out inappropriate testing and apologized.
"It is extremely regrettable".
Results at Japanese affiliates of three foreign carmakers - Audi, Volkswagen and Volvo - were pending, while no irregularities were reported by the remaining 17 companies, the ministry said.
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