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Mazda Reports Kobe Steel Products Didn’t Ruin Its Cars

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So, remember a while back how we found out the one of the largest manufacturers of steel and other construction metals, Kobe Steel, had been lying about the quality of a number of its products, which was potentially really, really bad?

Well, Mazda has now completed an investigation “into parts made from materials for which Kobe Steel has admitted falsifying data” on whether they will have an impact on its drivers, and came to the welcome conclusion of nope—everyone driving a Mazda should be fine.

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The brand summarized its use of materials from Kobe, whether bought directly from them or used by suppliers. Each of the metals Mazda investigated that were used in its vehicles were tested and found that there was no impact on the vehicles, including copper products and aluminum-alloy rods in the electronics, aluminum plates and steel powder in the engine, and aluminum plates in the trunk lids and hoods.

Others, like aluminum extrusion, sputtering target materials, and copper tubes, steel wires, etc., were simply not used by the automaker.

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In addition, Mazda has apologized for any concern that its customers may have felt over the issue, although you have to imagine the release writer giving a tight-lipped glare at a Kobe Steel logo after having written that sentence, and come to think of it, that phrase “for which Kobe Steel has admitted falsifying data” seems to be best said by rubbing a little bit of verbal stink on “admitted.”