Non-certified Toyo earthquake aborbers found in 90 more buildings
90 more buildings in Japan were constructed with earthquake shock absorption devices that did not meet certification standards. According to The Japan Times, this brings the latest figure brings the total to 145. The report also quotes Toyo as saying four employees may have been involved in falsifying performance data on the quake-absorbing rubber equipment.
News of the sub-standard products broke in March 2015 when the Japanese government withdrew certification for Toyo Tire’s seismic. In response the company felt a seismic shock in terms of its share price.
But at that point, the company said the devices were used in roughly a third of the current total figure – 55 buildings.
The 90 buildings added on 21 April 2015 include schools, hospitals, municipal buildings and housing complexes, according to Japan’s infrastructure ministry.
Toyo has reportedly suggested that the performance of the earthquake dampers installed in nine other buildings could not be determined because of insufficient data.