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Quality data for quake shock absorbers in 1,000 buildings were fabricated, says makerKYB、免震装置データ改ざん

A factory run by a subsidiary of KYB Corp. is seen in Mie Prefecture.© KYODO
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Shock absorber-maker KYB Corp. said Oct. 16 that it fabricated quality data for seismic absorption and control devices installed in nearly 1,000 buildings in Japan.

KYB, which mainly manufactures shock absorbers used in cars and trains, operates in 24 countries, according to its website. It has the biggest share in the domestic market for oil dampers used in buildings to absorb or control quake shocks.

KYB said it is highly likely that data for two types of oil dampers were fabricated between January 2003 and last September, affecting apartment, hospital and government office buildings.

The Tokyo-based company said it will replace the affected devices.

The infrastructure ministry denied there was any risk that the affected buildings could collapse, even if they are hit by an earthquake at the top of Japan’s seismic intensity scale.

The ministry said it plans to order 88 makers of quake absorption devices in Japan to report by year-end whether similar misconduct occurred. (Kyodo)

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