The New Takata? Kobe Steel Employees Falsify Aluminum Strength Reports
The Kobe Steel Group has announced that employees have been falsifying data over the past year relating to aluminum, copper and iron. The false reports stated these materials had more strength than they actually possessed.
The Japan-based corporation stated: “At this time, we sincerely and deeply apologize for the enormous amount of worry and trouble we have caused many of you in respect to the improper conduct concerning a portion of our products made by our company and group companies. The Kobe Steel Group, together with its suppliers, is quickly working to determine how its products have affected safety and other factors. We are thoroughly analyzing the cause and are engaged in developing countermeasures to prevent a reoccurrence from happening. We are making sincere efforts to eliminate the burden on all parties concerned and to resolve these problems as quickly as possible.”
Kobe Steel provides aluminum for six automakers, including Toyota, General Motors and Ford. Now these companies, among others, are trying to determine if substandard materials were used in their products.
Reports are already drawing similarities to this news to that of the Takata air bag scandal. U.S. lawmakers have already called on the Department of Justice to investigate the company.
Kobe Steel has posted several statements on its website, www.kobelco.co.jp/english.