Japan: Toyota wants compensation for car smearing image

The Japanese carmaker, the largest in the world, has announced it seeks compensation for soot and tar stains on some of its vehicles, in relation to an accident caused by Japanese steelmaker Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.

Back in June, smoke released by one of the steelmakers’ facilities – the Nagoya factory – tainted many of Toyota’s cars parked at shipping yards as they were prepared for export. The soot and tar smudges affected close to 23,000 units at two yards in the Aichi prefecture, central Japan. The accident was caused by a June 22 power failure at the Nippon Steel Nagoya facility – which released the smoke through its coke ovens.

According to Toyota spokeswoman Kayo Doi, around 20,000 of the autos were for overseas export – excluding North America – while the rest were for domestic customers in distant parts of Japan. The complication caused a shipping delay of between a week and a month for the export cars and three weeks for the rest.

Doi further explained each car needs to be individually cleaned by Toyota employees – a process that lasts around one hour for each. She did not give any specific detail on the models affected, the cost of cleaning and shipment delay or the damage compensation it wants from Nippon Steel.

Via Reuters