Toyota Motor Corp. confirmed on Thursday that the aluminum plates supplied by Kobe Steel Ltd – a company that has been under scrutiny due to its falsified quality data – which were used in parts for some of the Japanese automaker’s vehicles, passed safety and durability standards.
According to a statement released by the company, Toyota is still identifying whether the products that came from Kobe Steel, materials used in Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles, will also meet the standards.
“We confirmed that the materials satisfy applicable statutory standards, and our own internal standard, for key safety and durability requirements for vehicles,” Toyota said in a statement.
Other than Toyota, automakers Honda Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Co. were able to confirm that the Kobe Steel aluminum used in making their cars’ hoods and other exterior parts are safe.
Materials made of aluminum have been continuously gaining popularity with automakers. The material has been used in car body parts seeing as it’s lighter than steel, a factor known to improve fuel efficiency. Aluminum is supplied in sheets, used by automakers to press to exterior parts.
Announcements made by the 3 automakers suggest that Kobe Steel’s cheating scandal might have a limited effect on product safety. However, other firms, such as Nissan Motor Co. stated that their vehicles are still currently undergoing investigation.
Japan’s reputation as a high-quality manufacturer has taken blows from Kobe Steel’s recent admission of having falsified data on product quality and specifications for goods that were supplied to at least 500 customers worldwide.
Toyota Recalls Sienna Minivans
More than 300,000 of Toyota’s vehicles sold in the U.S. are being recalled, the company announced on Wednesday.
Sienna minivans with model years of 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010 are being withdrawn by Toyota due to safety concerns.
A total of 347,120 Sienna minivans are affected worldwide, which includes 24,000 in Canada, 13,000 in Mexico, 100 in Europe and 20 somewhere else.
Toyota cited the likelihood of the car shifting out of the “park” position and rolling away as reason for the recall. The company said that the grease used in the shift lever assembly might transfer to other components and cause them to work improperly.
Toyota refused to state whether they found any accidents related to the problem.
Notifications will be sent to the owners by mid-December. Dealers will do the repair – shift lock solenoid for free.
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