Subaru Corporation on Monday cleared the air on the impact of the controversial Kobe Steel Quality scandal on Subaru vehicles, assuring that the company has confirmed that Subaru vehicles are not in any way affected.
In a statement issued in Tokyo, Japan on Monday, Subaru Corporation said: “Aluminium panels are the only material that Subaru purchases directly from Kobe Steel for which they have reported data falsification, and this material is used for the hoods of some of our vehicles.”
The statement noted that “Based on the verification conducted by Subaru, we have confirmed that this aluminium panel material satisfies all of our internal safety standards,” adding “We have also confirmed that our U.S. manufacturing plant, Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. (SIA), does not purchase any materials from Kobe Steel.”
The carmaker added: “We are urgently investigating the impact on the materials that are purchased via our suppliers. Subaru will continue to give the highest priority to the safety and peace of mind of our customers. We appreciate your understanding as we continue working to ensure timely and appropriate action on this matter.”