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Toyota Suspends Shipments of Certain Models Following Certification Test Irregularities

Tokyo, January 29, 2024, The Europe Today: Toyota Motor announced today that it will temporarily suspend shipments of several models, including the Hilux truck and Land Cruiser 300 SUV, following the discovery of irregularities in certification tests for diesel engines developed by its affiliate, Toyota Industries.

A special investigative committee identified irregularities in horsepower output testing for the certification of three diesel engine models. The affected engines are used in ten models globally, impacting vehicles such as the Hiace van, Fortuner SUV, Innova multi-purpose vehicle, and the Lexus-branded LX500D SUV.

Toyota Industries reported that approximately 840,000 affected automobile engines were sold during the financial year ending March 31, 2023. Toyota Motor clarified that the investigation revealed discrepancies in the electronic control units used during horsepower output testing compared to those utilized during engine production.

While the exact number of affected vehicles sold by Toyota over the years was not immediately available, the company emphasized its commitment to addressing the issue promptly. This development comes as Toyota faces another challenge related to misconduct in collision safety tests at its subsidiary, Daihatsu.

In response to the news, shares in Toyota Industries experienced a decline of 4%, while Toyota Motor shares closed 3.1% higher. The automaker assures customers that it will work diligently to rectify the situation and uphold the quality and safety standards associated with its vehicles.