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Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Mazda admit FRAUD in safety tests of their main models: Japanese automotive industry is under heavy investigation! 

11 June 2024 to 06: 22
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Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Mazda admit FRAUD in safety tests of their main models
Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Mazda admit FRAUD in safety tests (Photomontage: Valdemar Medeiros | CPG)

Mazda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Toyota and Honda are under investigation for fraud. Understand how fraud occurred in these giants of the automotive industry.

A new major controversy undermines the credibility of Japan's main automotive manufacturers. Toyota, Honda, Yamaha, Mazda and Suzuki are being investigated by the Japanese Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MLIT) for alleged vehicle approval fraud. Discover the details of this investigation that could change the Japanese automobile industry.

MLIT releases note on Toyota and Honda – investigated for fraud

According to the MLIT in an official note on fraud at Toyota, Honda and other automakers, it is extremely regrettable that these new acts have emerged, since fraud in type designation applications undermines users' confidence and shakes the very foundations of the system. vehicle certification in the automotive industry.

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The investigations into Toyota and Honda investigated for fraud by the agency began in April 2023, after an internal investigation showed that the majority of the company's vehicles Daihatsu Motor, a subsidiary of Toyota, had falsified crash test results for virtually every model in the lineup for years.

Now, not only Toyota, but other market giants have been denounced by the MLIT. The five companies involved in the investigation were ordered to stop deliveries of vehicles under suspicion, but only three of them still have models in line, namely: Toyota, Yamaha and Mazda. The rest committed irregularities in older versions of their cars or motorcycles.

Honda and Toyota fraud delays production in the automotive industry

According to the ministry, with the fraud at Toyota, the brand has already stopped production of three models, being the Corolla Fielder, Axio and the recently launched Yaris cross, which will be produced in Brazil.

Yamaha has suspended production of the YZF-R1, while Mazda has halted the Mazda 2 and Mx-5 lines until further notice. In addition to these vehicles from the automotive industry, fraud is also suspected at Honda in more than 20 models such as Fit, Accord and HR-V. At Toyota there are the Lexus RX and Crown and at Mazda there are the Mazda6 and Atenza.

With Mazda, Yamaha, Toyota and Honda investigated for fraud, the brand least affected by the investigations is Suzuki. According to MLIT, only the Alto manufactured between 2014 and 2017 showed irregularities in braking tests. The brand reported numbers lower than the actual distance the car needed to brake and this was characterized as fraud.

With the fraud at Toyota, the brand publicly apologized and promised concrete improvements in internal verification processes and work structures so that this does not happen again.

What did each automaker cheat?

In addition to the “small” fraud committed by Suzuki, Japan's Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure detected another fraud at Honda, Toyota, Suzuki and Yamaha. The companies admitted, after internal investigations, that they had circumvented the system and apologized for what happened.

The fraud in Toyota was presented by data false crash tests for models like the Crown, Sienta, Isis and RX, as well as fudging the numbers in pedestrian protection tests for the Yaris Cross, Corolla's Fielder and Axios.

Honda fraud was presented by false information regarding noise tests of 22 models previously produced, bypassing one of the most important points for car approval in the country.

A Mazda cheated on crash tests of the Atenza, Axela and Mazda66, in addition to tampering with the software engine amid testing with the Roadster RF and Mazda2. Finally, Yamaha performed noise tests on the YZRF1 inappropriately, and false data was reported after horn tests with the YZF-R3 and T-Max.

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