Toyota, Suzuki, Honda and Yamaha under fire for improper vehicle testing

Japanese automakers Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha have all admitted to irregularities in their vehicle certification processes. The companies have confirmed that they obtained certification for several models through improper testing methods, leading the Japanese government to halt deliveries of the affected vehicles.

Toyota on Monday admitted it had wrongly obtained certifications for seven models, including three currently in production – the Corolla Fielder, Corolla Axio and Yaris Cross. The remaining four models have already been discontinued.

“The root of the issue is that these vehicles were mass-produced and sold without going through mandatory certification procedures,” Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda said at a press conference.

I sincerely apologize to my customers, car lovers and all stakeholders affected by this issue. I am very sorry.

Toyoda stressed the seriousness of the situation, saying,

These acts fundamentally undermine the entire certification system, and as an automobile manufacturer we believe such practices are unacceptable.

Similar misconduct was also reported by Honda, Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha. The Japanese Transport Ministry has requested all five companies to halt deliveries of the affected models until compliance is confirmed. The ministry will conduct on-site checks at the automakers’ facilities and is considering further administrative actions, Kyodo News reports.

The incident has significantly shaken public confidence in Japanese automakers, which are renowned for their focus on quality and safety. The full extent of the issue and its potential impact on consumers are still under investigation.

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