Which Toyota cars in Vietnam are involved in the Daihatsu safety fraud scandal?

There are up to 64 car models affected by the Daihatsu safety scandal, of which two-thirds are Toyota-branded cars, and 660,000 cars have been sold worldwide.

On December 20, Toyota Motor Corporation’s subsidiary Daihatsu Motor announced that it would temporarily stop all distribution activities in the domestic and foreign markets after discovering the majority of the company’s car models. were all affected by the safety testing fraud scandal.

The decision was made after the mini car maker admitted in April to falsifying data in crash safety tests for six car models. Subsequently, an independent agency was established to investigate the incident. In addition to the violations discovered in April and May related to car side impact tests and car door parts, the investigation results also discovered many new unusual problems at 174 points in 25 categories. experiment.

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Currently, the total number of car models involved in the scandal is 64, including 22 models sold under the Toyota brand and some under the Mazda and Subaru brands. In this investigation, a total of 64 vehicle models, nearly two-thirds of which were Toyota-branded, were found to have unusual problems.

Toyota said the car models affected in Daihatsu’s expanding safety cheating scandal include cars for Southeast Asian markets such as Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Cambodia. Besides, there are car models in Central and South America such as Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia or Uruguay.

Vehicle models affected in Daihatsu’s expanding safety cheating scandal include:

  • Toyota Wigo/Agya is sold in Ecuador, Uruguay and Cambodia
  • Toyota Rush sold in Ecuador, Malaysia
  • Toyota Avanza is sold in Vietnam, Indonesia, Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand, Peru, Bolivia
  • Toyota Veloz sold in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mexico, Thailand
  • Toyota Raize sold in Ecuador, Mexico
  • Toyota Yaris/Vios sold in Mexico, Malaysia
  • Toyota Yaris Cross sold in Cambodia, Chile, Uruguay

An independent panel investigated Daihatsu after the brand revealed cheating in side crash tests for 88,000 small cars in April this year. Most of the cars involved are branded Toyota. However, the most recent investigation shows that the scale of this scandal is much larger than initially thought and could tarnish the reputations of both Daihatsu and Toyota in terms of quality and safety.

In the statement, Daihatsu company representatives apologized to customers and shareholders, and announced that they would strongly reform the organizational structure with Toyota’s support to improve compliance with regulations. .

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Daihatsu is a sub-brand specializing in manufacturing small cars of the Toyota group. This is also the brand responsible for producing kei car models that are very popular in Japan. Therefore, some Mazda and Subaru branded cars are also affected.

The reason is because Mazda and Subaru are currently selling a number of kei car models renamed from Daihatsu cars. In addition, this scandal also affects Toyota and Daihatsu car models sold in markets outside Japan.

According to Toyota data, Daihatsu produced 1.1 million cars in the first 10 months of 2023, nearly 40% of which were sold abroad. The brand sold about 660,000 vehicles worldwide during that period and accounted for 7% of Toyota’s sales.

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It is known that the Daihatsu incident is the latest safety scandal to affect the Toyota group in many years. In 2010, Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda, then CEO, was forced to testify before the US Congress due to a safety crisis related to a faulty accelerator pedal.

Toyota Vietnam currently has no information about the above incident. In the list of affected vehicles is the Toyota Avanza MPV model that has been distributed in the Vietnamese market. According to sales reports, in 11 months of 2023, 3,082 vehicles were delivered to users.

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