The largest manufacturer in the world, Toyota Motor, announced that it had stopped the global shipments of ten cars after learning that an affiliate had improperly managed the testing of the diesel engines used in the cars. This is just the most recent embarrassing issue to plague the company.
The parent firm of Toyota stated in a statement on Monday that the Toyota affiliate employed software to evaluate horsepower output, which made “values appear smoother with less variation.” According to the firm, the cars “meet engine output standards” and there’s no reason to discontinue utilizing the engines or cars.
Even Nevertheless, Toyota made the decision to cease shipping the ten models that are powered by the three problematic diesel engines. Popular pickup trucks like the Hilux and sport utility vehicles like the Land Cruiser 300 are among the models that will be discontinued for a while. Toyota did not disclose the number of impacted automobiles.
In a statement, Japan’s ministry of transportation said that it had given Toyota Industries instructions to rectify its oversight of the engine testing, and it also indicated that it will carry out inspections and impose fines.
According to the ministry, fraud “shakes the very foundation of the automobile certification system and undermines user confidence.”
Toyota Industries CEO Koichi Ito expressed regret for the accidents during a press conference. He remarked, “We sincerely apologize that Toyota Industries Corporation was the cause of this.” “The system structure of our company was the root cause of the issue.”
Toyota Motor CEO Koji Sato stated that the issue impacted the company’s monthly manufacturing of roughly 43,000 diesel engines.
Toyota had a flurry of recalls and production stoppages in December. Initially, it conducted a recall of around one million cars in the US due to an airbag problem. Subsequently, it was claimed that Daihatsu, the subsidiary, was the subject of a government investigation in Japan over decades-old safety issues.