Toyota said it is stopped A global shipment of 10 vehicles has been frozen by one of the world’s largest automakers in recent months after it was discovered that a subsidiary had “irregularities” in the testing of diesel engines used in automobiles. The latest embarrassing problem.
A Toyota unit used software to measure horsepower output, making “values appear smooth with little variation,” parent company Toyota said in a statement. The vehicles “meet engine output standards” and there is no need to stop using the engines or vehicles, the company said. The company named the affected models and engines, but did not say how many vehicles it would stop shipping.
Nevertheless, Toyota decided to stop shipping the 10 models that used three diesel engines. The models that will be temporarily discontinued include the popular Hilux pickup truck.
In December, Toyota was dealt a blow by a series of recalls and production shutdowns. First, it recalled approximately 1 million vehicles in the United States due to airbag problems. Then, it was reported that the Japanese government was investigating subsidiary Daihatsu for decades-old safety problems.
daihatsu said it would halt shipments of all its models due to safety-inspection irregularities. Last week, it said it was recalling 320,000 Daihatsu vehicles and was still not ready to reopen its production facilities.
Toyota said it understood the “seriousness” of the two back-to-back testing problems, which “have shaken the company’s foundation as an automobile manufacturer.”