Suzuki Seen Recalling 2 M. Vehicles as Inspection Scandal Widens

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Tokyo, April 12 (Jiji Press)--Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> President Toshihiro Suzuki said Friday that the Japanese automaker is now likely to recall about two million vehicles over its preshipment inspection scandal.

The recall is likely to cost some 80 billion yen, he said at a press conference.

The scandal has widened to affect brake and speedometer equipment, the company revealed in an investigation report it submitted to the transport ministry the same day.

According to the report, vehicles with substandard brake and speedometer equipment were certified after improper inspections, including data manipulation.

Based on hearings with inspectors, the report indicated that the misconduct may have started around June 1981 and continued until around January this year.

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