Daihatsu to Halt All Vehicle Shipments

As it attempts to respond to a growing controversy involving the rigging of safety tests, Toyota’s subsidiary Daihatsu has announced that it would stop shipping any cars, both domestically and internationally, according to the Asahi newspaper and other Japanese media.

Asahi, citing anonymous sources, said that Daihatsu is set to provide Japan’s transport ministry with the findings of an independent panel that has been looking into the controversy. Spokespeople for Daihatsu, which became a wholly owned Toyota subsidiary in 2016, declined to comment on the media reports, but the company announced it will hold a joint press conference with Toyota very soon.

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Daihatsu was found to have cheated on safety tests of almost all models it currently has in production as well as some cars it made in the past, and it may also have committed “irregularities in procedures” for exhaust gas certifications, the Asahi report said. Previous reports from The Nikkei stated Daihatsu would expand the scope of production halts beyond the six models it had initially determined to be problematic.

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In April, Daihatsu admitted that it had rigged side-collision safety tests carried out for 88,000 small cars, most of which were sold under the Toyota brand. Daihatsu said at that time it had discovered the wrongly conducted tests after a whistleblower report. It also said it had reported the issue to regulatory agencies and halted shipment of affected models.

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The following month, Daihatsu said it had stopped sales of the Toyota Raize and its own Rocky model after also finding problems with testing for those two models. According to a spokesperson for Daihatsu said production of those two models was suspended, while shipments of the other four affected models remained halted.

Source: Reuters

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