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Japan’s Hino suspends light truck shipments as data falsification scandal spreads

TOKYO :- Japan’s Hino Motors (7205.T) said on Monday it will suspend shipments of some small trucks after confirming that a widespread data falsification scandal included those models, highlighting deepening problems at the Toyota unit.

The truck and bus maker told a news conference that during a transport ministry investigation additional misconduct regarding emissions was found that affects more than 70,000 trucks. The ongoing scandal was previously not believed to have impacted the smaller trucks.

Hino President Satoshi Ogiso told a news conference on Monday the vehicle maker was checking the impact to earnings from the additional misconduct, adding that it hadn’t found instances of vehicles exceeding emissions limits.

An investigation report earlier this month by a company-commissioned panel said Hino had falsified emissions data on some engines going back to at least 2003, or more than a decade earlier than previously indicated.

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