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Trust in Turmoil: Japanese Automakers' Admission of Falsified Test Results

2024-07-05

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Several models see stop-sale as Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, and Toyota divulge "irregularities" in Japanese government safety and emissions tests

Author of the article: Jil McIntosh

  • Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, and Toyota early June admitted to "irregularities" in vehicle test results
  • The various issues affect Japanese-market vehicles and led to several stop-sales
  • The falsified tests are for relatively minor issues, but it's definitely not the "good kind" of publicity

Four automakers -- Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, and Toyota -- have pleaded guilty in their home country of Japan to issues with their self-certified safety or emissions testing. None of the affected vehicles are currently sold in Canada or the U.S. Many have since been discontinued, but some are still in production for the Japanese market, and their sales have been suspended in light of the issues.

The problems came to light after the Japanese government investigated irregularities it found in the automakers' self-certification data. While all may seem relatively minor overall, and do not seem to have a serious effect on safety -- the automakers said the vehicles still passed safety standards, despite the irregularities in testing -- the misinformation doesn't help with public opinion. So far, Mazda and Toyota have issued press releases that include apologies for the irregularities.

Honda self-certified 22 vehicle models between 2009 and 2017, including the Fit, CR-Z, and NSX. Eight hybrid models had incorrect output for their electric motors; while others, subject to noise testing, were certified with incorrect vehicle weights that could have affected the pass-or-fail rate.

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Source: 4 Japanese automakers admit to falsifying vehicle test results | Driving

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