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Emissions cheating stains Japanese cars' reputation for quality

5 out of country's 8 passenger car makers strayed from standard procedures

A spate of scandals involving quality checks has hurt the reputation of Japanese automakers.(Photo by Akira Kodaka)
Scandals involving quality checks have hurt the image of Japanese automakers. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- The fudging of pre-shipment inspections by Suzuki Motor, Mazda Motor and Yamaha Motor that came to light this week risks further damaging trust in a Japanese auto industry already battered by a string of testing-related scandals.

Quality control issues have now surfaced at five of Japan's eight passenger car manufacturers -- along with Yamaha, which produces motorcycles -- since 2016, when Suzuki and Mitsubishi Motors admitted to problems with their fuel economy testing. This is striking in an industry known for strict standards.

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