Am I a victim of Kobe Steel?

Kobe Steel

I have recently posted about the failure of the ball joint that caused the right front wheel to fall off my Ford Fusion, as well as the failure of Minnesota law to protect me in this situation.

There may be more to my case than I initially thought. Quality Progress headlined their December 2017 Progress Report with the admonition: “Dinged and Dented: Falsified quality data and flawed safety inspections tarnish manufacturing industry’s reputation in Japan.” Quality Progress goes on to state:

In October, it was discovered that Kobe Steel, Japan’s third-largest steel maker, had been falsifying its quality data for at least a decade. The organization admitted that workers altered data about the strength and durability of its steel, copper
and aluminum products, and data on its iron ore powder. An internal investigation
uncovered 70 cases of data tampering.²

More than 500 Kobe Steel customers across the world are affected by
the falsified data, including Boeing, Ford, General Motors and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, who are left scrambling to verify the quality and safety of their
own products.

I have no evidence that the front axle on my Ford Fusion was made with Kobe steel, but it sure would explain a whole lot.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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