Mazda, Yamaha, Suzuki say they used fake vehicle emissions data

Mazda Suzuki Yamaha improperly tested fuel economy and emissions

Japanese officials announced Thursday that Suzuki Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp., and Yamaha Motor Co. have admitted to using falsified emissions data in vehicle inspections, according to multiple reports.

The government had ordered the automakers to make checks after revelations of improper testing at Subaru Corp and Nissan Motor Co past year.

The admissions are the latest in a string of scandals involving data falsification and testing standard breaches in Japan's key auto sector.

Reuters, meanwhile, reported that Suzuki most often inspected vehicles with manipulated emissions data, adding that the company confirmed that nearly half of its 12,819 new auto inspections were improper dating back to 2012.

The conduct of automakers globally has come under intense scrutiny after Germany's Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 to installing secret software in hundreds of thousands of USA diesel cars to cheat exhaust emissions tests, and that as many as 11 million vehicles could have similar software installed worldwide. In Suzuki's case, the time period stretched back to 2012.

None of the automakers found significant problems with actual emissions and fuel economy performance of the vehicles, which were destined for sale in Japan, and do not plan any recalls.

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"I deeply apologize and will lead efforts to prevent recurrence", Chief Executive Toshihiro Suzuki told a news conference. Suzuki said almost half of its 12,819 new vehicle inspections involved improper inspections at its three plants.

For Yamaha Motor, around 2 percent of 335 units chosen for the sampling inspection had not gone through appropriate testing since January 2016, according to the ministry. He said managers familiar with inspections were not staffed at the factories where discipline was lacking.

Mazda released a statement explaining that "Test data containing speed trace errors was found in 72 cases out of 1472 vehicles tested under the JC08 mode".

"It is extremely regrettable".

The quality-control data falsifications have embroiled Kobe Steel Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

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