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Toyo Tire's quake shock absorber scandal widens

Toyo Tire officials apologize at a news conference.

TOKYO -- More of Toyo Tire & Rubber's earthquake shock absorbers have been found not to meet performance standards, with indications that data had been falsified since 1996.

     The company is among dozens of government-approved suppliers of earthquake shock absorbers in Japan. But the infrastructure ministry said Tuesday 90 buildings across 25 prefectures were confirmed to have noncompliant absorbers from Toyo Tire. These include 13 buildings in Aichi Prefecture, 12 in Shizuoka and 11 in Tokyo. And performance cannot be verified for nine other buildings due to lack of test data from when the rubber was made.

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