Kobe steel scandal rocks car makers

Car makers including Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Ford, General Motors and Toyota are scrambling to discover if they were sold substandard iron used to make automotive components in the latest scandal to rock Japan.

Kobe Steel, the third largest steelmaker in Japan, is facing accusations that it may have falsified data on up to 20,000 tonnes of metal sold to about 200 clients Ė including car makers. It means the company potentially sold steel with strength ratings that didnít meet quality standard promised to clients.