Following Daihatsu’s admission of “In particular, crash safety tests carried out for regulatory approval applications involving four models, Perodua has issued an official statement on the matter.
According to Perodua Chairman and CEO Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, the Malaysian automaker contracted Daihatsu to conduct safety tests for the new Axia in Japan. This was witnessed by the corresponding authorities and organizations for their respective evaluation.
“When we received news of this procedural irregularity from Daihatsu, we immediately contacted these agencies to determine if Perodua Axia’s safety standard was compromised. They assured us that despite Daihatsu’s disclosure, the UN-R95 certification given to the Perodua Axia is intact,” Zainal said.
“This means that the Perodua Axia is safe to drive and a recall will not be issued nor will Perodua stop delivery of this new model to our valued customers,” he added.
“We apologize for any distress caused to our customers on this matter and want to ensure that all of our models’ safety information and specifications are verified by professional bodies. We will continue to monitor this situation and update the public on this matter as it develops. We put the safety and comfort of our customers above all else and will continue to do so as part of our practice of ‘Going Beyond’ what is expected.