Japan’s Daihatsu halts production after admitting to faking crash test results for 30 years
The situation has gotten worse after Toyota subsidiary Daihatsu stopped selling and shipping its entire line of cars amid a probe into the rigging safety tests of 64 models. CNN reported on Wednesday that Daihatsu has halted production at all four of its Japanese factories after admitting forging crash test results for more than 30 years.
Around 9,000 employees are expected to be affected by the factory shutdowns; Daihatsu’s Indonesian and Malaysian plants have not yet been notified. According to CNN, the shutdowns follow a deeper investigation by transport ministry officials:
In the investigation, the oldest case dates back to 1989, while the number of cases has risen significantly since 2014. Models from Mazda, Subaru, and Toyota are affected. The company issued a statement in response to the news, and its shares dropped four percent.