Daihatsu Motor has posted a statement claiming the country’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) had “lifted its instruction to suspend shipments of five models” produced by the automaker, as they “comply with the standards of the Road Transport Vehicle Act”.
The models are the Daihatsu Grand Max, Toyota Town Ace Van, Mazda Bongo van, Toyota ProBox and Mazda Familia Van.
The first three are produced in Indonesia by PT Astra Daihatsu Motor and shipped to Japan and other markets in the region. The company said it will “communicate closely” with sales companies and component suppliers to make preparations for when it plans to resume shipments.
Daihatsu again apologised to shareholders and customers for the safety test coverup, the extent of which came to light in December with MILT immediately ordering the suspension of all Daihatsu shipments in Japan. Shipments were also halted temporarily in Indonesia before resuming a few days later.
An independent third party investigation commissioned by the automaker revealed last month safety tests and other procedures on a large number of new models had been widely and systematically falsified by the company’s staff and its suppliers for over three decades.
The automaker said it will take any necessary measures, such as performing testing with the certification authorities in attendance in accordance with indications from the MLIT.
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A spokesman said the company is also working on a plan to prevent similar cheating in the future.
Separate reports in Japan suggested Daihatsu faces a long wait before production can resume, as more detail about the safety test coverup came to light. The company is said to have skipped mandatory safety tests by copying test data from one side of a vehicle and applying it to the other half. It also used timers to ensure that airbags deployed as required during crash tests.