Tokyo – Top Japanese automakers said Wednesday they were scrambling to assess the quality of their vehicles that used products from Kobe Steel, which has admitted to falsifying quality data in a growing scandal.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi Motor, Subaru and Mazda joined aviation firms and defence contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Kawasaki Heavy Industries and IHI that have used Kobe Steel products.

“Products used (for both Japanese and British trains) met safety standards.But they did not meet the specifications that were agreed between us and Kobe Steel,” a Hitachi spokesman told AFP.

The Kobe Steel scandal broke on Sunday when the manufacturer admitted to falsifying data linked to the strength and quality of products.

An internal probe has revealed that data were fabricated for about 19,300 tons of aluminium products, 2,200 tons of copper products and 19,400 units of aluminium castings and forgings shipped to clients between September 2016 through August 2017.

© AFP Lindsey Parnaby The scandal has already melted away nearly a billion dollars from Kobe Steel's stock price

© AFP Lindsey Parnaby – The scandal has already melted away nearly a billion dollars from Kobe Steel’s stock price