Hino's Engine Certificates Revoked over Data Tampering

Society

Tokyo, March 29 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry Tuesday revoked Hino Motors Ltd.'s <7205> type certificates for four types of engine over its tampering with emissions and fuel efficiency data on the engines for trucks and buses.

The administrative punishment under the road trucking vehicle law means that the Japanese company is no longer able to manufacture vehicles with the engines in question. This is the first withdrawal of a type certificate since the law took effect in 1951, according to the ministry.

Hino, a unit of Toyota Motor Corp. <7203>, said on March 4 that it had submitted falsified emissions and fuel efficiency data for three types of engine for midsize and large trucks and busses. On Friday, the company said the scandal also affected one type of engine for small buses.

According to the ministry, the company had replaced deteriorated catalysts during emissions tests for engines for midsize vehicles to make their performance look better.

The company had also manipulated equipment during fuel economy tests for engines for small and large vehicles to make them appear to meet regulatory standards.

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