Toyota issues apology and temporarily stops production of three models after cheating on vehicle tests

Investigation into Toyota’s Testing Methods

Results from Toyota’s investigation into testing methods and certification methods in crash testing found wrongdoing as it pertains to seven different models. This comes two years after certification issues cropped up at Toyota Group companies, including Hino Motors and Daihatsu, prompting Toyota to investigate its own company. Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda apologized for the massive cheating on certification tests.

Models Affected by the Investigation

As a result of the investigation, Toyota has halted shipments and suspended production of three models (the only three of the seven still in production). The involved vehicles were only sold in Japan and include the Corolla Fielder, Axio, and Yaris Cross. The other four models that Toyota found errors in crash test methods for include the Crown, Isis, Sienta, and RX – none of which are still being sold.

Response to the Investigation

Toyota stresses that there is no reason to stop using the affected vehicles and that it can confirm “there are no performance issues that contravene laws and regulations.” A statement in response to the investigation was posted on Toyota’s global media site.

Similar Issues at Other Japanese Automakers

Japanese rival Mazda Motor Corp. reported similar irregular certification testing, and halted production of two models, the Roadster and Mazda 2. It said incorrect engine control software was used in the tests. Tokyo-based Honda Motor Co. also apologized for improper tests on a range of models whose affected older versions are no longer in production. The safety of the vehicles is not affected.

Outlook for Toyota

Toyoda suggested some certification rules might be overly stringent, noting such tests differed around the world. But he repeatedly said he wasn’t condoning the violations. Toyota sells more than 10 million vehicles around the world. Toyoda stated, “We are not a perfect company. But if we see anything wrong, we will take a step back and keep trying to correct it.”

Toyota recently revealed the results of an investigation into its testing methods and certification procedures, which uncovered misconduct in crash testing for seven different vehicle models. This revelation comes after similar certification issues were discovered at other Toyota Group companies in the past. The company has taken swift action to address the situation and has halted production and shipments of affected models. In addition to Toyota, other Japanese automakers such as Mazda and Honda have also admitted to irregular certification testing practices. This article will delve into the specifics of Toyota’s investigation, the models affected, the response to the findings, as well as the broader implications for the automotive industry in Japan.

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