Japanese car companies collectively commit fraud! Use countdown to detonate airbags, involving 5 car companies and a scale of more than 5 million vehicles

After half a year, Akio Toyoda came out to bow again.

As the person in charge of the group, I sincerely apologize to everyone. I think this is a fundamental issue that shakes the certification system, and it is something that an automobile manufacturer must not do.

Red bean puree Smith Marseille!

I have to say that the 68-year-old Toyoda Akio has a pretty good waist and can bow smoothly. This may be a necessary skill for the president of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

What is different from half a year ago is that this time it is not just Toyota that came to apologize, but also Mazda, Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki, involving a total of 38 models, which is so wide that it is embarrassing. Even the Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan criticized at the press conference:

This damages the credibility of our automobile industry.

What is going on?

According to a notice issued by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on June 3, the above-mentioned five Japanese automakers were all found to have committed fraud in vehicle performance testing. At present, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has instructed the companies involved to provide detailed explanations to consumers and will severely deal with the companies based on relevant laws and regulations.

On the same day, Toyota, Honda, and Mazda held press conferences one after another to apologize for the incident, and this was the first bow.

▲Mazda President Katsuhiro Moro (right) and other Mazda executives apologized

▲Honda Giken Industrial President Toshihiro Mibe (middle) and other Honda executives apologized

Toyota announced at a press conference that it will suspend production and sales of three models involved in counterfeiting from now on. Mazda President Katsuhiro Moro also said at the press conference, "I feel guilty for making Mazda users worried."

It’s not just Japanese users who are worried. Domestic joint ventures are also suddenly unable to sit still: The car is already difficult to sell, so why bother with this ?

Toyota China issued a statement overnight on June 3, expressing its sincere apologies for the concerns caused to customers by irregular certification applications for some Toyota vehicles in the Japanese market. More importantly, it has been confirmed that the models sold by FAW Toyota, GAC Toyota and Lexus in the Chinese market have nothing to do with this incident. The relevant certification experiments were completed in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations and under the supervision and guidance of Chinese management departments. There is no safety and quality problem.

On the other hand, as of press time, Honda China has not responded to this matter. Currently, the only imported model entering the Chinese market is the Civic Type R introduced by Dongfeng Honda. A GAC Honda person told the Dongfeng Automobile Association: "They (Dongfeng Honda) may be confirming the Type R. Anyway, we don't have cars from Japanese factories."

Are the crash tests also fake?

According to what was disclosed by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, the most outrageous thing this time was Mazda, whose fraud involved the personal safety of the car’s occupants.

First of all, in the 50km/h frontal collision test of Mazda Encyclopedia, Atez, and MAZDA 6, the airbag explosion did not rely on sensors, but a countdown device set in advance…

The self-media may not be able to do such a thing even if it conducts a crash test.

Another question involves the MX5 RF and MAZDA 2 models. In order to pass the engine test, Mazda placed the vehicle in a closed environment for a 1-hour test, using abnormal intake air temperature to circumvent the program that automatically adjusts the ignition time, and artificially controlled the test results.

Mazda has currently suspended sales of the MX5 RF and MAZDA 2 and is conducting internal reviews and rectifications. These two violations involve a total of 150,878 vehicles produced after 2014, of which 149,313 have been sold.

It’s not just Mazda that cheats in crash tests, it’s also Toyota.

Toyota admitted in the announcement that the pedestrian and passenger protection test data of the Corolla Fielder, Axio and Yaris Cross models were not true, and sales of the three models have been suspended. In addition, Toyota used wrong testing methods in the crash tests of four discontinued models (Crown, Isis, Sienta, and RX).

According to Toyota's statistics, as of the end of April this year, the total number of vehicles involved in the company's testing violations was approximately 1.7 million units. However, Toyota also said that the relevant vehicles "do not have performance problems that violate laws and regulations", so there is no need to stop using them.

Among all the companies involved, Honda is the car company with the most models involved, a total of 22 models, but the seriousness of its problems is relatively minor –

Honda admitted that since 2009, there had been "improper conduct" in the NVH and emission tests of these 22 models, involving a total of 4.35 million vehicles. But it emphasized that these cars have no defects in performance and comply with relevant standards.

Everyone says that Honda is noisy, but it turns out there is a reason. As expected, I bought the engine and got it for free.

Yamaha's fraud is also related to NVH testing, and it made false statements in the test reports of two vehicles produced in the past. Suzuki tampered with the braking device test of a previous model.

Interestingly, the scope of this unprecedented fraud may further increase. In fact, Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has only completed surveys of 68 companies, and surveys of 17 companies, including Toyota, are still in progress .

Why is Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism so aggressive this time? It all starts with Akio Toyoda's last bow.

The craftsman became a "craftsman"

In Japanese custom, if a person makes a relatively serious mistake or faces someone with a higher social status than him, then he needs to bow and apologize in order to gain the other person's understanding. Therefore, the standard Japanese public relations process is:

Hold a press conference—facing live cameras—and bow and apologize.

Moreover, this custom also has a prohibitive rule, which is that after expressing "red bean paste Smith Marseille", society must give a certain degree of understanding, otherwise you will become an "uninformed" person.

Everyone has apologized, what else do you want?

Slowly, this type of press conference gradually became a formal performance, with the main theme being " I'm sorry I was wrong, I'll try again next time ."

This fraud incident actually started with Akio Toyoda's last bow and apology. The reason why Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism launched this investigation targeting 85 automobile manufacturers is because of him.

In December last year, Japan's "Asahi Shimbun" reported that after an investigation by a third-party committee, Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, had committed as many as 174 frauds in the crash tests of some models , which can be traced back to 1989. In 2017, a total of 64 models were involved, and it was not limited to the Toyota brand, but also included some Mazda and Subaru models manufactured by Daihatsu.

After the scandal was exposed, Toyoda directly bowed and apologized, saying, "This is an absolutely unacceptable betrayal of customer trust." Daihatsu Motor subsequently recalled more than 1 million vehicles involved.

The more officials from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan think about it, the more something is wrong. Toyota is probably not the only one who is unclean, right? If you dig some more, you might still find something. After checking it out, it turned out to be incredible.

The wide scope of this fraud incident is reminiscent of the Takata airbag incident, the largest recall in global automotive history.

Japan's Takata Corporation was once the world's second largest manufacturer of automotive safety parts. Therefore, not only Japanese car companies, but also many well-known car companies around the world have been implicated.

In 2008, fatal and injury accidents caused by models equipped with Takata airbags attracted media attention, and small-scale recalls began to occur one after another. As similar accidents continue to occur, car companies have begun to realize that this is not a small-scale incident.

The crux of the problem with Takata airbags is the inflator – which can explode under certain conditions, sending out metal fragments that pose a serious threat to vehicle occupants. As Honda begins a large-scale recall of cars equipped with Takata airbags, more car companies have begun to join the recall effort.

By 2014, millions of vehicles had been recalled worldwide due to Takata airbags, most of them located in the United States. Therefore, NHTSA also launched an investigation into Takata at that time and asked it to recall all potentially problematic air bags.

However, Takata was initially uncooperative. The investigation showed that Takata engineers had long discovered problems with the gas generator, but had tampered with key product test data and destroyed the test results .

In the following years, accidents caused by Takata airbags continued to occur, resulting in at least 24 deaths and more than 300 injuries. Takata had to accept this fact.

In 2017, Takata formally pleaded guilty in Detroit federal court and agreed to pay a $1 billion fine. At that time, Takata airbags had led to the recall of about 100 million vehicles by car companies around the world, and recalls continued in the years since.

Volume is not necessarily a good thing

In fact, in addition to the Takata incident, there are many fraud scandals in the Japanese automobile industry, including but not limited to Mitsubishi fuel efficiency test fraud, Kobe Steel data fraud, Toray carbon fiber quality inspection fraud, Akebono brake fraud, Hino emission fraud… part The time span of the fraud even exceeds 35 years.

Scandal after scandal was revealed, and bosses bowed and apologized again and again.

Of course, Akio Toyoda may be the most tired. Frequent fraud scandals at Toyota subsidiaries such as Hino, Daihatsu, and Toyota Automatic Looming Machinery Co., Ltd. have made him the most bow-worthy leader in the racing circle.

It's not like Toyota isn't taking action.

When talking about the reasons for fraud, Daihatsu Motor said that the continuous increase in daily production capacity has put great pressure on front-line employees. "The management only focuses on short-term development and turns a blind eye to violations." As the world's best-selling car company, Toyota has been accelerating the expansion of production scale in recent years. According to statistics, Toyota sold a total of 9.98 million new cars globally in 2013 and 11.233 million units in 2023.

In order to solve this problem, Toyota President Tsuneharu Sato emphasized at the launch of Daihatsu Motor's new system in February this year that Toyota will slow down its development speed and lower the domestic average daily production limit to 14,000 vehicles from the originally set 14,500 vehicles. The plant's daily operating time will also be reduced by 30 minutes.

Business management must be like a marathon, with cyclical considerations.

Therefore, if a car company is too involved, it will always cause problems.

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