After problems with safety certification fraud, 3 Daihatsu car models will not be able to continue production until they are reissued.
In Japan, the Ministry of Transport is planning to cancel the certifications needed for Daihatsu to produce three car models after discovering prolonged misconduct during the automaker’s product testing process back in the day. December 2023.
Therefore, Daihatsu will not be able to continue producing these 3 car models until it regains certification. Japan’s Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said the agency has begun procedures to cancel certification for three car models: Daihatsu Gran Max, Toyota TownAce and Mazda Bongo.
The ministry also plans to issue an order under the Road Transport Vehicles Act on the afternoon of January 16, requiring Daihatsu to drastically reform its organizational structure. When installing a new vehicle model, automakers must first obtain model certification by providing sample vehicles for testing. Certification will be issued after the model vehicle passes the Ministry’s screening process to determine whether it meets safety requirements.
Once certification is revoked, each new car model will have to undergo a vehicle inspection. The automaker cannot mass-install that model until it regains certification.
Previously, on December 20, 2023, Daihatsu received the results of an investigation by the Independent Commission on irregularities in this brand’s vehicle certification procedures. The investigation was conducted on 64 vehicle models currently produced and developed by Daihatsu.
In addition to the above 3 car models, there are still a series of cars affected by Daihatsu’s scandal such as Wigo/Agya, Rush, Avanza, Veloz, Raize, Yaris/Vios and Yaris Cross. Investigation results showed that Daihatsu’s fraud began in 1989 with a car model that has now been discontinued.
According to estimates, this Japanese car brand may face losses of more than 100 billion Yen (about 700 million dollars) due to factory closures and compensation for financial losses to suppliers. Currently, Daihatsu has not yet announced the time to restore the automobile assembly line at its factory in Japan.
It is possible that Daihatsu’s factory may have to close at least until the end of January this year. Meanwhile, in Indonesia and Malaysia, production and distribution of Daihatsu cars have been restored. In Vietnam, there is only one car model affected by Daihatsu’s scandal, the Avanza Premio, and is currently stopped delivering cars.