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Former Takata shipped substandard seat belts

Data falsification likely involves millions of units, forcing massive recalls

Automakers have been instructed to prepare for recalls after the company formerly known as Takata was found to have shipped substandard seat belts. (Photo courtesy of Joyson Safety Systems)

TOKYO -- A unit of the company that took over operations from failed Japanese air bag maker Takata falsified seat belt data to clear strength standards, Nikkei has learned.

Joyson Safety Systems Japan altered data on some belts produced at its plant in Hikone, west of Nagoya, after they failed to reach legally mandated strength standards. The seat belts were then shipped to clients, sources said.

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