• Feb 25, 2010
Several news outlets are reporting that the FBI has raided the Detroit-area offices of Yazaki North America, Denso International and Tokai Rika. U.S. Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona reportedly told The Detroit News that her office was investigating the suppliers for an alleged anti-competitive pricing cartel. The raid was carried out by the local FBI office in Detroit, and the Bureau is working with the European Commission and other foreign competition authorities.

Before details were made available about the substance of the raids and because the three suppliers provide parts to Toyota, there was some speculation that the raids were connected to the federal government's investigation of Toyota's recall woes, but the FBI insists that is not the case. Toyota released a short statement about the situation, saying only "Toyota is aware that certain suppliers have been contacted by government officials, but we have limited information about the scope of the investigation. Toyota has not been contacted by authorities." Toyota is part owner of Denso International.

[Source: The Detroit News, Toyota]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I work for another Toyota group company that works closely with Denso and Yazaki on some things. I am so glad we have nothing to do with pedals...Other than the loss in business that's inevitably coming from this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Either it's entirely coincidental that they all happen to be Japanese companies (one of which is even owned by Toyota), or something else is going on here. From where I sit, either they've set up a price-fixing ring based on heritage, or there's a witch hunt going on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If this one is Toyota's beginning of the end in the states, i'll be no surprised at all. What I am totally shoked of, is the state and future of so called "american democracy". Is this the free world's cauldron holder? What a shame Amerika! Get out the political partocracy and their militias from automotive industry!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nobody should be surprised that Japan Inc. is comprised of criminal zaibatsus. Their seemingly impenetrable Teflon coat is worn and the greater American public is finally realizing what crooks they really are. Toyota/Denso is merely the tip of the iceberg and their true colors are revealing the full extent of their hatred of the American people.

      Furthermore, this is an opportune moment for companies and individuals whose rights were infringed on when Toyota wrongfully claimed ownership of hybrid technologies. In an era where federal agencies must cooperate to combat crime, let's hope that this investigation encompasses more than price-fixing and general malfeasance.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nice buttery words.

        But, err, no.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, this article is totally a powerup for Government Motors conspiracy theorists.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, for chrissake, Chris. Denso--"MEMBER OF THE TOYOTA GROUP," as Mr. Shunk loudly labels it (and tags it, with the "Toyota" brand only)--is also a key supplier to GM, Ford, Chrysler, and John Deere, among a number of other domestic companies.

      GM has awarded Denso as one of the "Best of the Best GM Suppliers" almost every year since 1993. Chrysler has named Denso its "Supplier of Choice" since 2008. And while Ford hasn't lauded them so publicly, you bet your boots they buy a lot of parts from them.

      I'm not pointing this out to defend Toyota, but to express that--as an *AUTO* blog--your readers would ideally like your auto coverage to at least surpass the questionable accuracy and integrity of FOX's or MSNBC's on this issue.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well said! I hope the authors of these post actually read comments like these. but we as readers also have to remember that bloggers are NOT reporters. They don't research things the same way and don't verify facts the same way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who the hell started the Mccarthy era in the automotive industry?
        • 4 Years Ago
        More important, where's Nader?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Unsafe at Uncontrollable Speed"
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Whole things against Toyota sounds like a Complot to me .. maybe some one with power wnats to pull out Toyota from the market
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, this has now turned from being "unfortunate" to a frigging witchhunt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      well this is getting ugly...
        • 4 Years Ago
        And GM is still owned by the US government, how convenient....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota will never pull out of the US, they're too big now. That would be a HUGE cut to their business.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ RadicalXEdward...

        Toyota is too big and will never pull out of the US, and GM was too big to fail and could never go bankrupt.
        If we learned one thing last year, it was to never say never.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are people making a big deal out of this? There are price fixing probes all the time. It doesn't even relate to safety or quality or such. It's just suppliers being suppliers and potentially breaking the law, it happens. RAM companies get busted for price fixing every 2-3 years. LCD (modules that go in consumer devices, not your TV that you call an LCD) makers are getting busted for price fixing right now too. It's just not a big deal.

      It baffles me that any item on AB now is a license for people to come out and spout their political conspiracy theories. Anyone on here actually want to talk about cars?
        • 4 Years Ago
        i'm with you....... all these U.S Gov. conspiracy theories nowadays make me long for the simpler times of my youth when all we worried about was the cold war, State Dept. spies, bomb shelter availability and nuclear attacks from the Soviets.

        Starting to look forward here to the day when we can go back to viciously dissing each other over our car preferences. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The US government is becoming a laughing stock around the world. It's no secret that this is just thinly veiled economic warfare.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nahh, from some economic articles I've read, I understand that the neo communist European Union uses this so called antitrust regulation against American companies with regularity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jeez: That happened 9 years ago when George Bush became President. (The laughing stock of the world bit).

        So, let me get this straight. For years everyone has been complaining about unfair trade practices by foreign entities, (Governments, Corporations etc...) Now that we have a government that is doing something about it, you say what?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes because neither Toyota or their business partners would ever try to destroy incriminating evidence. Just like they wouldn't lie about the cause of a deadly malfunction in their vehicles and they would always come forward in a case where a man is facing vehicular manslaughter on what could have been the cause of their vehicle. They did this to get the proof before it could be destroyed

        There is nothing I hate more than a liar and Toyota has been lying through their teeth all the way through this. Lets not forget the first crap they threw at us "It was all driver error".
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unlike that economic warfare the Japanese wage against anyone who tries to sell stuff inside their borders that isn't made by a company from their country. That's just them being fair.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @FordGTGuy - w00t, voice of reason.

        possible entertaining fall out? toyota could blame denso cartel for putting their balls in a vice and forcing them to use cheaper products, or using inferior products. Nothing gets you out of political hot water like a supplier to share half the focus (see ford / firestone).
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