Bullet Train Wheel Parts Made By Kobe Steel Failed Quality Tests

Andrew Cummings
October 12, 2017

Turkish consumers, who read scandal, said that this could be cause of long-time immigrants in ir vehicles, and that victimization of ir lives could be revealed in this way more clearly.

Akihiro Tada, director of the ministry's Manufacturing Industries Bureau, urged the company to move quickly in resolving the problems, which are thought to have affected numerous country's largest manufacturers. "But we are still investigating and it's premature to say" if recalls will be necessary or not, he said. Kobe Steel has no plans to sell assets at the moment, Kawasaki said. "As a top official, I'd like to make efforts to regain the confidence", he said. The main company and spokesman for subsidiary said y were investigating Kobelco.

Sales at Kobe Steel's aluminium and copper division fell 6.4 percent to 323.3 billion yen ($2.9 billion) in the year to March, and recurring profit dropped by more than a fifth to 12 billion yen.

On October 8, 2017, Kobe Steel announced that "a portion of the products traded with customers did not comply with the product specifications, which were agreed between the Company and its customers".

Kobe Steel Ltd parts used in Japan's iconic bullet trains failed industry standards, officials said Thursday, bringing to light fresh evidence of wrongdoing by the steelmaker as investors speculated that the crisis could trigger a breakup of the 100-year-old company.

The scandal affects major companies in the auto, shinkansen bullet train, aerospace and defense industries.

Koei Tsuge, president of Central Japan Railway, which is also known as JR Tokai, said that the components were part of metal assemblies that connect wheels to rail cars, and that about 300 were installed on its trains.

The industry ministry has pressed Kobe Steel to work with its clients, spread over a wide range of industries, to conduct urgent safety analysis.

An internal probe carried out since it found issues in its aluminium and copper business has not found other cases of data tampering, Yoshihiko Katsukawa, a managing executive officer at Kobe Steel, told a news conference. The Detroit firm is the latest major automaker to be dragged into the cheating scandal.

Toyota, Mazda and General Motors are among the firms affected. "As hoods are related to pedestrian safety, we are working to quickly assess any potential impact on vehicle functionality".

GM joins automakers including Toyota Motor Corp. and as many as 200 other companies that have received parts sourced from Kobe Steel, as the scandal reverberates through global supply chains.

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