Toyota's president, senior executive, apologizes for misusing emissions tests

Toyota's president, senior executive, apologizes for misusing emissions tests

Akira Onishi, right, president of Toyota Industries Corp., and another executive apologized at a March 17 news conference in Nagoya. Toyota Industries Corp., a leading forklift manufacturer in Takeshi Narabe World, has been found to have fabricated parts testing, forcing some forklift shipments to be stopped.

The Toyota Motor Corp. group has been involved in a data reporting scandal since 2022, and is now the second member of the Toyota Motor Corp. group.

On March 17th, Toyota Industries officials admitted that emissions tests on gasoline and diesel engines had been falsified.

Domestic shipments of three models of forklifts that use the engines in question have been stopped by the company.

At a March 17 news conference, company President Akira Onishi apologized and said the cause of falsification was insufficient knowledge and experience about legal regulations. He said he would refrain from speculating about the motive until an internal special investigation was completed.

The chairman of the company, Onishi and Tetsuro Toyoda, will take responsibility and return six months of remuneration.

An estimated value was used in some cases as the result when testing was rather than the actual measurement of emissions elements. In other parts of the engine, engine parts were changed in the course of the test.

The two diesel engines tested had one element that exceeded legal standards due to the degradation of the engine.

In fiscal 2021, Toyota Industries sold a combined 16,500 forklifts of the three models, accounting for 95 percent of all the engine vehicles sold by the company.

Half of the company's total sales was accounted for by domestic sales of those forklifts.

The company sells around 280,000 forklifts annually on a global basis. The company was founded in 1926 to manufacture and sell automatic looms invented by Sakichi Toyoda. The automaker later broke off and became independent.

In late 2020, U.S. officials inquired about test data, leading Toyota Industries officials to start an investigation. The latest fabrication was discovered after company officials expanded their investigation to domestic forklifts.

Hino Motors Ltd., another Toyota group company, was found in 2022 to have falsified emissions test results, a practice that dated back nearly 20 years.

Toyota issued a statement on March 17 apologizing for the latest incident and pledged to provide support for the efforts to be made by Toyota Industries.