Kobe Steel scandal sparks auto and train checks

Honda is one of several companies attempting to discover the extent of a widening scandal involving a company which has supplied material for its cars. Over the weekend, it was reported that Kobe Steel acknowledged it had fabricated data about the quality of the aluminium and copper it had provided to clients, which included a number of automakers.

Kobe Steel said it discovered the falsifications in inspections on products shipped from September 2016 to August 2017.

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All leading automobile companies in Japan have used aluminum products manufactured by Kobe Steel, which admitted late last week that it has falsified data on the strength and other characteristics of metal products, Kyodo reports of TASS. Toyota said the affected material had been used in auto doors and hoods of vehicles made in Japan.

Hitachi said its new trains in Britain used Kobe Steel but had all passed rigorous tests, while USA plane manufacturer Boeing said it had not found any safety issues.

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It was revealed on Sunday that companies that received the products include Toyota Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp., a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and the maker of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet.

JR Tokai said that it has confirmed the safety of its Shinkansen cars, adding that it is considering replacing the parts in question with properly certified ones when routine checks are conducted.

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