Toyo Tyres had information on Vibration – damping products data manipulation since 2014
Toyo Tyre & Rubber Co. has revealed that it learned about its data manipulation scandal for vibration-damping products far earlier than previously acknowledged.
On Friday, Toyo Tyre said it was aware of the manipulation as early as two years ago. Previously, it said it learned of the fraud affecting railway cars & ships in August, after it was leaked by a whistle-blower. Toyo Tyre continued to ship the rubber products even though it knew the data for producing them had been manipulated. It also published a report on its probes into the manipulation & new measures to prevent recurrences.
In the report, Toyo Tyre now says it supplied 47,330 units of manipulation-tainted products to a total of 19 companies starting in 1999, the earliest year for which relevant records are available. The figures eclipse its previously announced numbers, which stated 46,646 units had been supplied to 15 companies.
At a news conference in Osaka, President Takashi Shimizu apologized & promised to take preventive steps. In response to the report, the transport ministry instructed the company to implement the measures without fail & provide information needed to ensure the safety of end users.
The ministry also told the firm to make a progress report on the implementation every three months over the coming year. The data manipulation is the third big scandal for Toyo Tyre, following the manipulation of fire-resistance performance data for insulation panels for buildings that broke in 2007, & a similar data fraud involving earthquake-absorbing rubber products that emerged in March this year.