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Daihatsu safety scandal: Netizens say JPJ is protecting Perodua and Toyota, MoT shares UN-approved re-test results done in the UK, Spain, France

Hans · May 28, 2024 02:11 PM

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The Ministry of Transport has confirmed that all Perodua and Toyota cars affected by Daihatsu’s procedural irregularities in vehicle testing meet minimum safety standards, and no recall is required.

This was confirmed by independent tests conducted by three United Nations-approved technical services agencies specializing in automotive testing. The agencies are:

  • UTAC (France)
  • Applus+ IDIADA (Spain)
  • Horiba-MIRA (United Kingdom)

To address criticisms from netizens, the MoT has also made results of the re-test public.

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This follows Daihatsu’s admission on 28-April 2023 that it had been skipping some of the necessary procedures in its safety testing, fudging the numbers provided in its vehicle homologation documents submitted to local authorities.

A shortage of manpower, an increase in models under development, and unrealistically tight development schedules were identified to be the causes that had pushed Daihatsu’s development team to speed up their work by skipping some mandatory procedures.

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In the months that followed, sales of many Daihatsu models, including those sold under the Toyota badge, were suspended. Toyota permanently removed the position of Daihatsu's chairman, replaced its President. It also asked both (and eight other exiled executives) to return their bonuses received.

 The validity of vehicle type approval (automotive equivalent to a car’s birth certificate) for some Perodua models were also doubted.

Seven Perodua models – first generation Axia, Axia, Bezza, Myvi, Ativa, Alza, Aruz – and three Toyota models – Vios, Rush, Veloz – totaling 1.7 million units were potentially affected.

After a two-month long re-test of by the three different agencies in four countries including Malaysia, covering six United Nations regulations, the Ministry of Transport’s Road Transport Department (JPJ) has confirmed there is no need for a recall.

The re-tests are to verify compliance for the six UN regulations, covering:

  • R11 (door latches and hinges)
  • R127 (pedestrian protection)
  • R94 (frontal impact)
  • R95 (side impact)
  • R13H (braking)
  • R17 (seats)

The independent tests showed that although there were differences between the numbers in the original test results submitted by Daihatsu and those collected in the re-test, the results still fall within the acceptable range set by the United Nations.

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Spain's IDIADA's results vs Daihatsu's own

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Continuation of the above slide

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France's UTAC's results vs Daihatsu's own

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Malaysia is a signatory of the United Nations’s UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29). It means that Malaysia’s vehicle homologation standards, also known as Vehicle Type Approval (VTA) – the minimum safety standards that all new cars must meet before it can be registered – are based on UN regulations.

Transport Minister Anthony Loke said “To ensure transparency and openness, all of the retesting reports are displayed to the public through the JPJ website at bit.ly/JPJDaihatsu.”

“JPJ will continue to strictly monitor both vehicle manufacturers and the DMC (Daihatsu Motor Co. Ltd.) to ensure that they have implemented the prescribed improvements.

“Among the required improvements are the updating of internal testing reporting procedures and the periodic implementation of manufacturing compliance activities involving the authorities, namely JPJ, on a regular basis.”

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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