Toyota, Nissan Among Automakers Checking Parts Hit by Metals Scandal

TOKYO — Japanese automakers including Toyota, Nissan and Mazda are investigating whether falsely labelled products supplied by Kobe Steel have impacted the safety of their cars.

Kobe Steel, Japan’s third-biggest steelmaker, said staff falsified data related to strength and durability of some aluminum and copper products used in aircraft, cars and maybe even a space rocket.

About 4 percent of the aluminum and copper products shipped from September 2016 to August 2017 were falsely labelled as meeting the specifications requested by customers, Kobe Steel said.

Toyota called the breach of compliance principles a “grave issue” and said it is working to identify which of its vehicles might be affected. It said Kobe Steel materials have been used in hoods, rear doors and peripheral areas. The materials were supplied to plants in Japan and factories elsewhere were not affected, Toyota said.

Nissan said it is rushing to check performance because the material is used in parts such as hoods and may affect protection of pedestrians.

Honda said it used the materials in question for doors and hoods of its cars. READ MORE>>

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