Suzuki Japan issues massive recall over false fuel efficiency data

Mistake will apparently cost the firm in excess of R10,000,000,000

18 April 2019 - 11:15 By AFP Relaxnews
The recall affects vehicles running for four years or less that have not yet received a routine check-up.
The recall affects vehicles running for four years or less that have not yet received a routine check-up.
Image: 123RF/Bjoern Wylezich

Japanese small car manufacturer Suzuki announced Thursday it was recalling two million vehicles shipped domestically, citing improper inspections and a series of other faults including false fuel efficiency data.

The recall affects vehicles running for four years or less that have not yet received a routine check-up.

Last week, Suzuki admitted that an internal review had uncovered a host of problems at its factories, including faulty brake checks, falsified fuel-efficiency data, and uncertified staff carrying out final inspections.

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The recall is expected to cost the firm around 80 billion yen (roughly R10,055,688,500) and also affects parts made by Suzuki for vehicles produced for Nissan, Mazda and Mitsubishi.

Transport minister Keiichi Ishii has said the company needs some "serious soul-searching" over the scandal.

The problem "raises doubts about the firm's regards for compliance and it is extremely regrettable," Ishii told reporters on Tuesday. 


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