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December 20, 2023

Toyota Raize, Wigo, Avanza, Yaris Cross Affected By Safety Irregularity


Toyota is once again embroiled in safety test irregularities because of Daihatsu. The carmaker issued a statement that in an investigation, they have found irregularities in 174 items in 25 test categories. These are in addition to the door lining irregularity and side collision test irregularity found early this year.

The irregularities encompass a total of 64 models and three engines—22 models and one engine of which are sold as Toyotas.

In response to these findings, Daihatsu decided to temporarily suspend shipments of all Daihatsu-developed models currently in production, both in Japan and overseas. Toyota has also decided to temporarily suspend shipments of the affected models.

In a detailed breakdown, it’s been revealed that none of the Toyota units sold in the Philippines is affected by these irregularities so shipment and sale will continue as usual.

For the sake of transparency here’s the breakdown of affected Toyota models outside of Japan (updated as of December 22):
  • Wigo / Agya – for Ecuador, Uruguay, Cambodia
  • Rush – for Ecuador, Malaysia
  • Avanza – for Indonesia, Mexico, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Peru, Bolivia
  • Veloz – for Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Mexico, Thailand
  • Raize – for Ecuador, Mexico
  • Yaris / Vios – for Mexico, Malaysia
  • Yaris Cross – Cambodia, Chile, Uruguay
Over the course of the investigation by an independent third party, Daihatsu received some information regarding models that may have been involved in the procedural irregularities. In response, Daihatsu has been conducting one-by-one in-house technical verifications and actual vehicle testing for these vehicles to ensure that their safety and environmental performance meet legal standards.

Although the vehicles listed above do conform to safety standards, the procedure involved in testing them have to be validated by TUV Rheinland Japan (TRJ). After that, they will have to be re-certified by the country’s respective national inspection authority and only then will be available for sale once again.

Toyota considers certification to be a major prerequisite for doing business as an automobile manufacturer. They recognize the extreme gravity of the fact that Daihatsu’s neglect of the certification process has shaken the very foundations of the company as an automobile manufacturer.

Daihatsu has informed Toyota that, going forward, it will clarify the situation with the authorities and take appropriate action under their guidance. It will also thoroughly investigate whether there have been any other similar cases to ensure customer safety first and foremost.

Toyota also believes that to prevent recurrence, in addition to a review of certification operations, a fundamental reform is needed to revitalize Daihatsu as a company. It will require not only a review of management and business operations but also a review of the organization and structure, as well as a change in human resource development and awareness of each and every employee.

59 comments:

  1. Japanese cars pa more

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    1. at least accountable. Unlike your Volvo copycat may libreng fries pa pag nagpaservice

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    2. Accountable dahil umamin? lmao i-refund nila mga kotse nila kung accountable talaga sila.

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    3. ^
      What a naive and unrealistic statement. Do you even live in the real world?

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    4. Chinese cars with some parts issues is a lot better than japanese cars with safety recalls and life threatening issues.
      Toyota realibility pa more.
      Most die hards are so blind to even realise this.

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  2. Being transparent,Accepting faults/mistakes and correcting it is hallmark of a responsible company. Later it will bulid more trust from the public and do more good than bad to the company.

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    1. Accountable? They got caught

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    2. They got caught twice! Would have been one thing if umamin sila agad sa lahat ng faults when they were caught the first time, pero hindi.

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    3. Car companies by intl law are mandated to admit and report the flaws and issues of their cars. Dont be proud of toyota by admitting it. They are mandated to report it. The only reason they admit the safety issues of their cars is actually just to avoid billions of dollars penalty law suit. Fact.

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    4. That is the mark of a high quality standard company, Chinese never admits they have ao many faults in their cars even if your life is at risk

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  3. Daihatsu Xenia only scored 3 stars at ASEAN NCAP this year
    DNGA vehicles can only score 2 to 3 stars at ASEAN NCAP when without ADAS and only got 2 airbags
    DNGA Yaris Cross ain't crash tested yet at ASEAN NCAP as the current one without cheat tricks can only score 4 to 3 stars.

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  4. Di sinama ang pinas kasi malulugi ang toyota ph. Sell parin sila dito kahit made from the same factory. Well if pinoy buyers settle for just a tapunan nga not so perfectly done vehicles aw go parin. Safety nyo at nga kasama nyo naman ang at risk nyan. Always nlng ba tayong ah sa pinas ok lang yan. Recall what needs to be recalled. For the sake of outmost transparency paki mention din kung anong factories yung mga vehicles mentioned above and the factories na galing ung imported sa atin. Protect consumers rights for the sake of outmost transparency. In the end of the day if this info will be concealed mag babackfire din yan both sa inyo at sa Toyota PH.

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    1. Yes that's what I thought too. Bakit di kasama Pinas? Iisa pinanggalingan tapos lahat ng units na dinala dito okay? Ewan ko ba sa gobyerno natin, perapera nga lang sifuro.

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    2. Toyoyta is very transparent on recalls, theu have done many in previous years. Recalls doesnt mean cost, it onky means you arr being asked to have you car inspected, in most cases no fault is actuallt found. It is better to know than not be tils oike Chinese car makers.

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  5. Never owned a Toyota ever and never will. Still prefer the prestigious one of all Japanese cars. You can't go wrong with Honda!

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    1. I'm pretty sure anon 4:40 wouldn't say no to an LC300, a Prado or an Alphard if given the chance to own one.

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    2. Have u seen the 360degree camera of the LC300? Its crappy horrible, 90's pixelated quality. Go chek out for yourself. Dont praise toyota bcoz of the name.
      They are not bulletproof and invincible. They are expensive products with so less to offer to buyers.
      If they can get away with so less features for so much money, they will, becoz its a toyota. Wake up people.

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    3. In what world a Honda is a "prestigious one of all Japanese cars" when you have the existence of Lexus, Mazda, and Subaru?
      Get your facts straight.

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    4. Wait a minute, Mazdas and Subarus are considered prestigious nowadays? I wasn't informed.

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    5. Anon 12:34 As a matter of fact, yes I have because we own one. And you're absolutely right, resolution of the 360° camera could have been so much better. Can't complain about the rest of the car though.

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    6. Uhh did you just put Subaru and Mazda on the same level as Lexus???

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  6. Toyota/Daihatsu should have settled everything at once back then instead of prolonging further this issue. This paints an even worse image for them, I don't know what they are thinking. I hope they get their corporate bs back on the right track because the way it is going now is disappointing.

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  7. What procedural irregularities do these products have to go through for the PH market anyway? I'm not sure if there's a regulated safety standard here in the Philippines (car brands here aren't required to go through ASEAN NCAP ratings or such). I also highly doubt that the PH spec version is any safer than their country of origin; therefore we still get the "flawed" units. The only difference is that overseas, they have regulations against such while here, it is legally acceptable. Toyota PH doesn't seem to advertise the NCAP ratings of these Daihatsu-based products anyway, so they should be fine from a legal perspective.

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    1. Jeepney is also legally acceptable, what more a Toyota?

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    2. "The only difference is that overseas, they have regulations against such while here, it is legally acceptable."

      There is no way in hell that our units are unaffected by the recall. All of them come from the same factory, some of them are even LHD (in fact all of the models affected have LHD markets in them and are sold here except the latest Vios). It is not like Dahiatsu and Toyota did a running change and made parts that are 100% compliant and placed them on our vehicles. I am betting that because of lax vehicle safety requirements in the country, we still get these affected units despite other countries halting shipments. If Hyundai was able to sell Accents with no airbags here once, what more these Daihatsus that have falsified safety ratings?

      TMP really has to come clean and PROVE why our units are unaffected. I don't buy their current statement when Avanzas and Velozes exported to LHD markets like Mexico are part of the stop sale. It is not like we get market-exclusive parts since that would add complexity. This is very concerning as an owner of one of the affected units.

      This also means that the arrival of the latest Vios (and its local production) will be delayed because of the scandal more than likely.

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    3. This only proves how crooks TMP are. If they are concerned of their customers, they should submit to this safety flaw of the mentioned vehicle as a goodwill for becoming #1 carmaker here in PH. Now that they are not voluntarily admitting to pause for the sale of such models here. Kasi tinatangkilik din ng mga tao at fanboys eh. They cannot easily be dislodged from the #1 spot.
      At least sana for the benefit of their customer and future buyers of this unit, they should pause for the sale and recall this models.

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  8. This is very damaging to Toyota, at a time when they are increasingly reliant on fielding Daihatsu-made cars to compete with the Chinese.

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  9. Cheating na Naman? Why no Philippines model involved?

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    1. Daihatsu is the Daniel Padilla of the asian car industry

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  10. Weird that Philippines not included the fact that Thailand and Indonesia are on the list. From what country does the units sold in the Philippines are manufactured or sourced from?🤔

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    1. Coz we don't have safety standards to violate. We allow old jeepneys, pedicab, tricyle, habal habal and everything else on our roads. So surely these Daihatsus are roadworthy.

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    2. At least as a goodwill sana for their customers who made them the #1 carmaker here in PH, they should at least voluntarily admit and recall PH units also.
      It's very obvious, those units from the mentioned country are also the same units being distributed here in PH.
      If no recall will be made, then I won't trust TMP anymore.

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  11. I believe it would be best if Toyota would sell Daihatsu cars as Daihatsu itself. No need to be rebadged. It's just ruining the name of Toyota.

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    1. wolf in sheep clothing ikanga or maskara to lure people. sayang kabibili ko lang huhuhu

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  12. Philippines. Never mind, they have low safety standards. They still use WW2 army jeeps for transporting people.

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  13. Most Toyotas in ph are from Indonesia.

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  14. Does toyota produce Philippine sold cars in an exclusive factory? Philippine cars are always excluded in recalls.

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    1. The PHDM Daihatsu rebadged as Toyota like Raize, Avanza/Veloz, Wigo are produced in the very same factories subject to safety irregularities, but i'm not sure if there's a dedicated assembly line for the Philippine market or shared with export markets with LHD (LATAM and Middle East), which the former is also affected.

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  15. Ironic that the Avanza sold in Philippines is from Indonesia while list shows that Avanza in Indonesia is affected.

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  16. This looks like another powerplay and or mafia work from Toyota Motors PH where, either they blocked press releases from including Philippines in that list or they blocked the safety board from including our country.

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  17. Philippines not included because cars here don't need to go through a regulated and standardized safety procedure before being sold 🤣 or if meron man, Toyota doesn't need to cheat because of how low that safety standard is. Swerte Toyota PH dito 🤣🤣🤣

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  18. How could units sold in the Philippines not be affected when most of the vehicles with "safety irregularities" come from the same factory?! Did TMP do some voodoo magic to make those sent here "safe"?

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  19. how convenient that we, here in the Philippines, are not affected by this, or so it seems

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  20. Another article details the issue... cheating in the airbag unit... Good luck for DNGA vehicles sold here... your airbag might not work!

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    1. Errr...I think you have the issues mixed up.

      Yes, the airbag control unit is one issue, but that only affects the Daihatsu Move / SUBARU Stella, Daihatsu Cast / Toyota Pixis Joy, Daihatsu Gran Max / Toyota Town Ace / Mazda Bongo. Plus, that issue is down to a different airbag control unit used in mass-production compared to the tested unit. They still work though.

      There's another issue surrounding the Takata airbags, but that has nothing to do with the DNGA-related problems.

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    2. The latest article already mentions the airbag unit for all models are being investigated:

      Previously, only about half a dozen models were thought to be affected by the manipulated test results, but Toyota now says almost every car in Daihatsu’s lineup could be impacted.

      The investigation centers around the cars’ airbag control units, and found that the ones used during crash tests were different from the ones used in cars actually sold to the public.

      https://www.japantimes.co.jp/business/2023/12/21/companies/daihatsu-safety-data-manipulation/

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  21. Go figure. Mor a market that buys more Vioses in XLE trim(3 airbags only) vs the E trim(7 airbags) this is par for the course for toyota.

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    1. I'm really curious why TMP launched the XLE grade of Vios that is basically an E grade but without the side and side curtain airbags, if it is based on customer feedback, or the cost of airbags in the sides are expensive in assembly?

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  22. 100% avoid the DNGA vehicles and Rush if you truly care for your life and safety.
    Better buy the aging Vios and Innova which are locally made.

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  23. Isn't Daihatsu applying Kaizen principle used by Toyota and Lexus?

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  24. Phils always manage to dodge the bullet, hmm. This one is a very large problem for Daihatsu/Toyota involving wide ranging models and yet the Phils isn't included? What a blessed country.

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  25. This current issue will hurt Toyota's reputation as a trusted, reliable car maker more so for Toyota Phils. It has the habit of always avoiding recalls as much as possible. I experienced it twice in the life of my 2005 model Innova. One is the fuel injector issue and the other I can't remember anymore but they quietly replace that part during routine maintenance in the warranty period.

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  26. Toyotas are not being recalled in the Philippines because big business runs everything here. Have you ever heard of any type of recall here for any product of a moneoes corporation? No

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  27. Daihatsu is shut down in japan, until toyota gets things fixed. They have been rigging safety tests na pala for 30 years!! I feel sorry for the DNGA car models involved here. How can you sleep well at night knowing full well you have a toyota car but is not safe to drive??

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    1. Even the driver of stainless owner type jeep sleep well here in ph

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  28. The three engines are the 1KR, 1NR, and 2NR. But 64 models? Maybe they are accounting for also the market specific variants?

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    1. Yup. That seems to be the case. Also those supplied to other OEs (badge-engineered).

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