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EU aviation regulator issues advice on Kobe Steel parts

Recommends airlines not to use parts whose safety could be at risk

TOKYO -- The European Aviation Safety Agency issued a safety advisory notice on Tuesday to airlines operating in the region, recommending them not to use parts made by Japan's Kobe Steel, which has admitted to falsifying quality data on its aluminum and other products.

The safety information bulletin, also issued to aircraft maintenance and relevant companies in the region, does not restrict air travel in the region.

The EASA is responsible for setting safety rules and approving aircraft parts as well as maintenance procedures, among other things.

In the notice, the EASA recommended relevant parties to first check any product made by Kobe Steel that is currently being used; review their supply chains for maintenance parts; report to relevant regulatory authorities if Kobe Steel products are used; and, if possible, use alternative suppliers until the safety of Kobe Steel products is confirmed.

(Nikkei)

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