Business | Jan 24

Daihatsu Recalls 320,000 Cars Linked to Test Scandal

OSAKA, Jan 24 (News On Japan) - Daihatsu, which halted production of all its vehicle models due to vehicle certification misconduct, has announced a recall of over 320,000 vehicles.

This move, reported to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, marks the first recall related to the series of fraudulent tests. The recall is due to potential issues with door locks during collisions, which could hinder passenger rescue efforts.

The recall affects two models: the 'Cast' and Toyota's 'Pixis Joy', both manufactured by Daihatsu, totaling 327,240 vehicles. The 'Cast' was produced from August 2015, and the 'Pixis Joy' from August 2016, with both models being manufactured until June of last year.

The recall addresses insufficient verification regarding the operation of door locks in side-impact collisions. In such incidents, all doors may lock, potentially delaying the rescue of occupants.

No malfunctions or accidents have been reported in relation to this issue.

Daihatsu plans to notify affected owners via direct mail and will replace the necessary components free of charge.

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