Intellasia East Asia News – Hino, Toyota’s truck arm, considers punitive action against executives for data fraud

Toyota Motor Corp.’s truck manufacturing subsidiary, Hino Motors Ltd, is considering punitive action against former executives over an emissions data misreporting scandal that dates back some 20 years, the company said Friday.

Hino will likely ask its former executives to return salaries paid as punishment for the data doctoring program, while three current board members are expected to step down to take on their responsibilities, a source familiar with the matter said.

Chairman Satoshi Ogiso is expected to remain in his post to oversee a leadership renewal process, although his compensation will be reduced, the source said.

Following a report on Friday that Hino plans to take action against current board members and former executives, the company said in a statement that it is considering what sanction to apply and will address the matter at a a board meeting to be held later today.

Ogiso is expected to report to Transport Minister Tetsuo Saito on Friday afternoon on the steps Hino will take to prevent a similar problem from happening again. He will then hold a press conference.

The ministry issued a corrective order to the truckmaker in early September, asking it to take action within a month to prevent this from happening again.

Hino admitted in March this year to submitting fraudulent emissions and fuel consumption data to transportation authorities, suspending shipment of vehicles with engines for which the figures had been doctored.

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