Improper Vehicle Inspections Found at Suzuki, Mazda, Yamaha Motor

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Tokyo, Aug. 9 (Jiji Press)--Improper preshipment vehicle inspections have been found at Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269>, Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> and Yamaha Motor Co. <7272>, Japan's transport ministry said Thursday.

The three companies reported to the ministry that emission tests were conducted improperly on some of their automobiles or motorcycles.

The practice was discovered as a result of in-house investigations that were conducted by the three firms, as well as other vehicle makers, at the instruction of the ministry in the wake of the revelation of vehicle inspection fraud at Nissan Motor Co. <7201> in July.

Although Suzuki, Mazda and Yamaha failed to properly measure the amounts of harmful substances contained in exhaust gases in random vehicle inspections, they used invalid inspection results as valid ones without conducting retests, according to the ministry.

At Suzuki, inappropriate inspections were carried out for 6,401 of 12,819 units selected for the random checks at three plants in Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, between June 2012 and last month, the company said.

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