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Toyota Motor Corp. and other major Japanese carmakers said Thursday that aluminum plates provided by Kobe Steel Ltd., which is mired in a data fabrication scandal, and used in the hoods or doors of their vehicles do not affect car safety.

The reassurances come as external auditors consider conducting on-site surveys this week to establish whether the problematic data affect the steel maker’s compliance with ISO 9001 quality management certifications, according to a report by NHK, and days after the European Aviation Safety Agency advised companies to stop buying materials from the Japanese firm.

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