Mazda Motor Corp, Suzuki Motor Corp and Yamaha Motor Co improperly tested vehicles for fuel economy and emissions, the Japanese government said on Thursday, revealing fresh cases of compliance failures by manufacturers. The ministry looked at tests conducted over different periods at all three automakers. But a growing list of improprieties has tarnished the image of the country's manufacturing industry for high-quality products and efficiency.
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".
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 almost half of those subject to sample checking, between 2012 and 2018.
"It is a significant fact that such a large number of our products were improperly processed, and we take it seriously", Suzuki said during a press conference.
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A total of 30 models, including those whose no longer being produced, were subject to the investigation. Yamaha shares were down 4 percent. For Yamaha Motor, around 2 percent of 335 units chosen for the sampling inspection had not gone through appropriate testing since January 2016, according to the ministry. According to a report by the Nikkei Asian Review, Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha are now caught up in the scandal as well. The ministry said it will instruct them to save records of the inspections and implement measures to detect or prevent data falsification.
"It is extremely regrettable".
Results at Japanese affiliates of three foreign automakers - Audi AG, Volkswagen AG and Volvo Cars - were pending, while no irregularities were reported by the remaining 17 companies, the ministry said.
The quality-control data falsifications have embroiled Kobe Steel Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corp.
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