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Kobe Steel, Toyota hit with U. S. lawsuit over vehicle metal quality

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U. S. consumers have filed a lawsuit against Kobe Steel Ltd (5406. T) and Toyota Motor Corp (7203. T) accusing the companies of violating consumer protection laws and engaging in fraud by concealing the use of sub-standard metal components in vehicles.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – U. S. consumers have filed a lawsuit against Kobe Steel Ltd ( 5406. T) and Toyota Motor Corp ( 7203. T) accusing the companies of violating consumer protection laws and engaging in fraud by concealing the use of sub-standard metal components in vehicles.
The proposed class action lawsuit represents the first U. S. consumer complaint filed against Kobe Steel over an issue that has been dogging Japan’s third-largest steelmaker for nearly five decades.
Kobe, which supplies steel parts to manufacturers of cars, planes and trains around the world, admitted last year to supplying products with falsified specifications to about 500 customers, throwing global supply chains into turmoil.
The lawsuit, filed on Monday in federal court in San Francisco, was brought by two California residents who seek to represent a nationwide class of consumers who bought allegedly defective Toyota vehicles.
According to the complaint, Toyota’s Prius, Camry, Land Cruiser and Lexus vehicles have all been manufactured with “sub-standard” steel, aluminum and copper.
The plaintiffs allege that Toyota and Kobe Steel both violated federal and state consumer protection laws by claiming that the vehicles complied with U.

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