Japan - Hino Motors Ltd, headquartered in Tokyo, announced the recall of 21,100 commercial vehicles equipped with the E13C heavy-duty engine (Hino Profia truck and Hino S’elega coach) after an emissions scandal earlier this year, saw four senior executives at the company resign. Hino executives resign over cover-up scandal (truckandbusbuilder.com).
The emissions scandal came to light in March when Hino identified past wrongdoings when it applied for emissions and fuel economy certification for its engine models. Hino falsified data in emissions durability testing for the heavy-duty A05C (HC-SCR) engine and in the measurement of fuel economy performance for the heavy-duty A09C and E13C models. Hino confirmed that these engines had performance problems but failed to report anything at the time. Hino raised its findings with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Since then, it has been the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed by the Southern District of Florida on behalf of those who bought or leased 2004-2021 model-year trucks in the USA, according to reports by the Japan Times and Reuters on August 12.