First, there was the Takata airbag scandal. Then came the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal. The Takata airbag scandal has led to the largest automotive recall in history. Millions of vehicles have been recalled over the defective airbags, which send deadly shrapnel flying through vehicles. The Volkswagen emissions scandal began when Volkswagen admitted its diesel engines were fitted with emissions cheating software to make them pass emissions testing, all the while spewing several times the legal amount of toxins into the air. Now, Japanese automaker Suzuki is recalling 2 million vehicles after cheating in safety tests, as SF Gate reports.
The Japanese automaker will recall 2 million vehicles in Japan. The recalls came after the auto manufacturer admitted to cheating on safety tests, filed false fuel-efficiency reports, and failed to conduct proper inspections.
Suzuki, who is Japan’s 3rd largest automaker, is expecting to book a one-off loss of $700 million as it takes back vehicles sold since 2016 that hasn’t had a mandated government checkup.
After an internal investigation led to the discovery of evidence of faulty brake checks, tampering with fuel use data, and uncertified staff conducting inspections, Suzuki made the choice to recall the vehicles.
Toshihiro Suzuki, president of Suzuki, vowed that company executives would take a pay cut as punishment. While there do not appear to be any problems with the vehicles so far, the admission is raising concerns about trust in Japanese automakers.
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