Seems like the Japanese manufacturers have been following the footsteps of the German ones. But the German automobiles had a defeat device on them which isn’t the case for the Japanese ones, where the companies admitted to their faulty emission checking mechanism. But then again they say that it was just the case for the vehicles sold in Japan, some miscalculations had happened. So a global recall won’t be necessary.
The transport ministry of Japan asked all the manufacturers to review their emission checking norms and mechanism internally. This step had been taken after Subaru and Nissan acknowledged lack of honesty while reading the fuel economy numbers. Also Nissan had been forced last year to recall more than a million vehicles. Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha have also recently come out clean and apologized for their wrongdoing. They also said that data was not manipulated and the faulty calculations effect Japanese vehicles only. Further reconfirming that a global recall won’t be necessary. 72 units of Mazda automobiles have been affected by this improper calculations of emission numbers while Yamaha results show only 7 units. On the other hand Suzuki has some 6401 units of vehicles falling under ‘inappropriate handling’ of vehicle inspections. Preventive measures will be taken such an assurance has been given by the accused companies.
Toshihiro Suzuki, CEO, Suzuki Motor Corporation addressed at a news conference on Thursday, “The checking mechanism was insufficient. We regret that we left the inspections to factories”, his speech also voiced regrets, “It is a significant fact that such a large number of our products were improperly processed, and we take it seriously. We failed to educate our staff in an in-depth and extensive manner.” Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda’s senior managing executive officer, also pointed out similar concerns regarding the issue at the above mentioned news conference.
The Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii also said, “It is extremely regrettable that this situation makes users anxious over the quality of vehicles and the quality control operations of carmakers.” When the cheating in emission check was discovered the stock market value of the accused companies have also suffered a hit. All of them have shown a downward trend of approximately 5%, which isn’t a quite satisfying scenario.
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