In response to Daihatsu’s suspension of model shipments due to “procedural irregularities,” Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) has commenced an internal assessment to evaluate the impact on its vehicles.
Daihatsu, after a comprehensive investigation, unveiled 174 new irregularities in 64 models and three engines. Perodua, the Malaysian partner of Daihatsu, is actively engaging in discussions with local authorities to determine the repercussions of this development on its vehicles.
In a statement released today, Perodua’s President and CEO, Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, stated, “We are conducting a detailed assessment on the matter and are currently in discussion with Malaysian authorities as to the impact of this development on our vehicles.”
Zainal Abidin further extended apologies to customers for any inconvenience caused and assured that updates would be provided following the ongoing discussions with authorities.
To provide context, Daihatsu had announced procedural irregularities in safety tests conducted on vehicles in Japan on April 28, 2023. In response to these findings, Daihatsu established a third-party investigative committee comprising legal and technical experts to delve deeper into the matter.
Acknowledging management responsibility, Daihatsu has pledged to implement thorough measures to ensure compliance in the future. Perodua, with a 25% stake from Daihatsu, integrates its partner’s technology into its cars.
The ongoing discussions and assessments will shed light on the extent of the impact on Perodua’s vehicle lineup and the necessary measures that may need to be taken in light of Daihatsu’s suspension. The automotive industry will be closely watching for updates as the situation unfolds.