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Japan's Kobe Steel admits falsified data, sparking quality concerns

Autocar logo Autocar 11/10/2017 Jimi Beckwith
Japan's Kobe Steel admits falsified data, sparking quality concerns © Autocar Japan's Kobe Steel admits falsified data, sparking quality concerns

Kobe Steel, one of Japan’s largest steel companies with customers across the global automotive industry, has admitted to falsifying data on some components used in various sectors. 

Kobe released a statement detailing which components were affected by what it calls "improper conduct" - 40,900 tonnes of aluminium and copper parts are affected, with flat rolled aluminium, cases and forgings making up the majority of the affected.

A relatively small tonnage of copper strips and tubes are also implicated.

Related: Kobe Steel warns that further data may be falsified (Bloomberg)

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The affected products were shipped from Kobe between 1 September 2016 and 31 August 2017. Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Ford, Mazda, Subaru and Mitsubishi are among Kobe’s customers. 

As Kobe has customers across the global automotive industry, there are now concerns about the implication of the improperly submitted data of the parts. Reuters reports that Kobe’s automotive customers are themselves investigating. 

Kobe is launching an internal investigation and will release a statement on any wider implications at a later date.

Autocar has contacted Kobe's automotive customers in the UK for comment. 

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