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Test the impact of fraud! Toyota subsidiary recalls 320000 vehicles

2024-07-14 Update From: AutoBeta NAV: AutoBeta > News >

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Japan's Daihatsu Industrial Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Toyota, has submitted an application to Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport for a total of 322740 vehicles of the two models, the Ministry of Land and Transport announced on January 24.

The reason for the recall is due to misconduct in the test experiment, involving vehicles that may not meet safety standards, and doors may be locked in the event of an accident, making it difficult to open from the outside. According to the official website of Japan's Ministry of Land, Transport, Daihatsu will replace the door locks of the driver seats of all the vehicles involved, but the replacement parts will take time to supply and will be replaced after the parts are ready. at the same time, modify the key operation method recorded in the instructions.

Earlier, Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport instructed Dafa Industrial Co., Ltd. to consider recalling Daifa brand Cast models and Toyota Pixis 喜悦 models. It is understood that this is the first time that Dafa Industrial Company has conducted a recall because of improper conduct in the test experiment. Daihatsu is currently working closely with Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport to ensure that all affected vehicles are repaired in a timely manner. Dafa Industries said it would take measures to prevent similar problems from happening again.

It is worth noting that on January 16, the Ministry of Land and Transport of Japan issued an order to rectify the fraud of Dafa's automobile data and revoked the production license of three Dafa models.

On December 20, 2023, Japan's Daihatsu released a 162-page third-party investigation report. According to the investigation, in addition to the fake door accessories in April and the rod side collision test in May, 174 cases of fraud were found in 25 new test items, and 64 models and 3 engines were confirmed to be fraudulent, including those that have been discontinued. Also affected by the survey are Toyota Motor Company (hereinafter referred to as "Toyota"), Mazda Motor Company (hereinafter referred to as "Mazda") and Subaru Motor Company (hereinafter referred to as "Subaru"). According to the results of the investigation, Dafa Motor decided to suspend shipments of all Dafa developed models produced in Japan and overseas, and Toyota also decided to suspend shipments of these models. On December 21, 2023, the Ministry of Land and Transport of Japan carried out an incoming inspection on Dafa.

On January 16, Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport will revoke safety certification procedures for three Daihatsu vehicles, including Toyota TownAce, Mazda Bongo and Daihatsu Gran Max. At the same time, Saito Tetsuo, Japan's minister of land and transport, issued a rectification order to Soichiro Okudaira, president of Daihatsu Motor, requiring Daihatsu to take measures to prevent such incidents from happening again.

On January 19th, Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport said it had confirmed through inspection that Daihatsu had acted improperly on 46 models. Among the 46 models confirmed to have fraudulent practices, except for one model under development, the other 45 models have carried out technical verification such as confirming the conformance of the road transport vehicle law standards and other technical verifications. the test results confirm that five models comply with the road transport vehicle law standards, so the instructions to stop delivery are lifted for these five models. Japan's Ministry of Land and Transport pointed out that other models will also quickly verify benchmark compliance and publish the test results in turn.

According to public data, Daihatsu is one of the most popular light mini-car manufacturers in Japan. Founded in Osaka, Japan in 1907, it is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor, which mainly focuses on the manufacture of small cars. It accounts for about 4% of Toyota's global sales.

Japan's Daihatsu Industrial Co., Ltd. suspended production and operation of its plant in Japan from December 25, 2023 on suspicion of fraud in the safety test, and has not resumed production so far. At present, Daihatsu has four complete vehicle factories in the Japanese local market, with a cumulative annual output of more than 920000 vehicles in 2022.

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