TOYOTA HQ INSPECTED AS JAPAN CAR SAFETY TESTING SCANDAL GROWS

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TOYOTA HQ INSPECTED AS JAPAN CAR SAFETY TESTING SCANDAL GROWS With Toyota, Mazda, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha all included

The headquarters of Toyota Motor has been visited in Japan as part of an investigation into official safety certifications affecting models across five major carmakers in the country.

Hours after Toyota’s embattled chairman issued an apology for cheating tests on seven models, officials from Japan’s transport ministry descended on the offices in Toyota city to probe irregularities in applications for safety certificates.

The testing failures at Toyota, first revealed in January, were wide-ranging and involved collision tests, the testing of airbag inflation and rear-seat damage in crashes.  Engine power tests were also found to have been falsified.

Rivals Mazda, Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are also caught up in the scandal, all have reported similar irregular certification testing.

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