Court fines Toyo Tyre for product data falsification.
A subsidiary of Toyo Tyre and Rubber was fined 10 million yen ($88,100) by a Japanese court today for falsifying data related to its earthquake shock absorbers, news sources said. A court in Osaka, Japan found that Toyo Chemical Industrial Products was involved in rigging data and that its management did not stop the practice once the wrongdoing was revealed. The faulty earthquake shock absorbers were delivered to 154 facilities, including government buildings and condominiums.
The court determined that Toyo’s subsidiary deliberately changed documents so the products would clear standards set by Japan’s infrastructure ministry. Judge Tsukasa Hara said: “The Toyo Tyre unit not only impeded fair competition with other chemical makers but fueled distrust among the general public in seismically isolated buildings.” Toyo Tyre and Rubber said upon hearing the court’s ruling that it would fully comply with the law moving forward. It was revealed in 2015 that the company’s earthquake shock absorbers did not meet performance standards. Evidence showed that data had been falsified as far back as 1996.