In a report to the Japanese government last week, Subaru admitted that emissions data and fuel mileage for up to 903 new models were rigged at one of the company’s plants. And the malpractice is said to have a high probability to have begun in 2002. This is based on the admission of car manufacturers at the end of last year that unauthorized employees have already carried out inspections on these new vehicles.
Subaru admitted that emissions data and fuel mileage for up to 903 new models were rigged at one of the company’s plants
According to Subaru, the installation of the data happened at the last testing stages of the new vehicles at the Gunma plant of Subaru upon the orders of head of the inspection team and was continued by the later staff. The Subaru data fabrication influenced its 9 models, consisting of the Subaru BRZ and the Subaru Forester.
Subaru data fabrication influenced its 9 models, consisting of the Subaru BRZ and the Subaru Forester
On his report to Tetsuya Okuda, the Road Transport Bureau’s Director-General, Mr. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga - Subaru’s President expressed his regret and apologized for this serious compliance problem.
Okuda pushed the Subaru to fully conform to the regulations, saying that any test data manipulation would reduce the trust of the public in the car manufacturers. Meanwhile, Subaru has no action on recalling the vehicles due to no quality problems found.
The Japan Times reported that the Subaru data fabrication still continued being used after the same scandal affected Mitsubishi, although some staffs at the plant of Subaru said that the practice should be discontinued.
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