Bloomberg is reporting that Toyota has discovered that some of its suppliers aren't performing as many component quality checks as the company thought. Dino Triantafyllos, vice president of North American product quality, told the news agency that there was a "misunderstanding" as to how many checks were being performed, with some suppliers doing one quality check per year instead of the required four. Triantafyllos feels that the audit is working, adding "these improvements we're making, if we'd made them two years ago, maybe some of these issues wouldn't have happened."
Triantafyllos isn't alone in his efforts to eliminate future quality problems. The Union of Japanese Scientists and Engineers, led by Hiroshi Osada, is also working with Toyota to improve quality. Osada claims that the problems that led to the recall of millions of vehicles occurred in the design development stage, adding that closer inspection of components "should be able to help prevent quality defects."
[Source: Bloomberg | Image: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty]