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Dangerous safety deficiencies and manipulated tests: Toyota subsidiary stops delivery of all models

2023-12-20T10:50:41.650Z

Highlights: Daihatsu is Toyota's small car division and produces a range of the so-called "kei" small cars and trucks that are popular in Japan. An investigation has revealed problems with 64 models, including nearly two dozen sold under the Toyota brand. Toyota said it needed a "fundamental reform" to "revive" Daihatsu and a review of all certification operations. The affected models were destined for the Southeast Asian markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as the Central and South American countries.



Status: 20.12.2023, 11:36 a.m.

By: Amy Walker

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The scandal surrounding Toyota's subsidiary Daihatsu is much more far-reaching than previously thought. A halt to all vehicle deliveries has now been announced.

Tokyo – Due to safety deficiencies, the Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu will stop the delivery of all vehicle models. An investigation has revealed problems with 64 models, including nearly two dozen sold under the Toyota brand, Japan's industry leader said on Wednesday (20 December). Toyota said it needed a "fundamental reform" to "revive" Daihatsu and a review of all certification operations. "This will be an extremely important task that cannot be done overnight," Toyota said. "There will be a need not only for a review of management and business operations, but also for a review of the organization and structure."

Rigged security tests came to light at Daihatsu in April

An independent panel had launched an investigation into Daihatsu after it was revealed in April that 88,000 small cars had been subjected to rigged side-impact safety tests. Most of the vehicles were sold as Toyotas. However, recent research suggests that the scale of the scandal is far greater than previously thought.

A Daihatsu Charade from the universe of Toyota © M 93, CC BY-SA 3.0 DE via Wikimedia Commons

Daihatsu is Toyota's small car division and produces a range of the so-called "kei" small cars and trucks that are popular in Japan. The investigative panel noted that the recent problems also affected some Mazda and Subaru models sold in the domestic market, as well as Toyota and Daihatsu models abroad. Toyota said the affected models were destined for the Southeast Asian markets of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as the Central and South American countries of Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Uruguay, among others.

According to Toyota, Daihatsu produced 1.1 million vehicles in the first ten months of the year, almost 40 percent of them at foreign locations. During this period, around 660,000 vehicles were sold worldwide, accounting for seven percent of Toyota's sales. (Wal/Reuters)

Source: merkur

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