Data Scandal at Suzuki Motor Deepens

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Tokyo, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> said Wednesday that the company has falsified preshipment vehicle inspection data, on top of earlier announced improper emissions checks.

When announcing the discovery of the improper emissions inspections in August, the Japanese company denied any data falsification.

According to the latest announcement, however, inspection data on emissions, fuel efficiency or thermometer readings were falsified for a total of 2,737 automobiles at three domestic plants between May 2009 and July this year.

The data falsification was carried out deliberately in some cases, but the firm has yet to confirm details of the irregularities, Suzuki Motor said.

At a press conference in Tokyo, the company's president, Toshihiro Suzuki, offered an apology for the wrongdoing. He noted that the scandal deepened as the company's internal investigations were insufficient.

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