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Kobe Steel scandal deepens over quality of products used in cars and aircraft. Kobe Steel, Japan's third-biggest steelmaker, is embroiled in a deepening scandal over the quality of products including aluminium and copper used in cars, aircraft, space rockets and defence equipment.
the firm said more than 200 firms were affected and they are rushing to check the safety of their products. The company supplies materials to carmakers Ford, Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Subaru as well as aircraft-makers Boeing and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Toyota, Nissan and Honda have all confirmed that they have used aluminium supplied by Kobe in hoods and doors. Toyota said it was "rapidly working to identify if any of our vehicle models may potentially be affected, and via which components. Toyota, one of its customers, described it as a "grave issue"
 

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Well we'll just have to ensure we don't hit anything! :)
 

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A conker fell on my car from 2meters high and left a 10p sized dent.

Oh yeah and the door didnt fully latch once so i pressed it near the rear handle and left an imprint of my thumb. Its gonna look like a ball hammered finish soon .

Maybe that explains it. Or is the body mostly steel?
 

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And as we know Turkish steel (no doubt like their windscreens) is far more durable! :)
 

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I have found it really easy to dent the roof for example just pressing on it to steady myself while polishing it I got a dent removal guy out to fix it and he said it was the thinnest softest metal he had ever seen
 

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Macdonald14 said:
I have found it really easy to dent the roof for example just pressing on it to steady myself while polishing it I got a dent removal guy out to fix it and he said it was the thinnest softest metal he had ever seen
One of the ways to keep weight down. Does not have to do with Kobe steel for sure.
 

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No safety issues apparently.

Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co and Mazda Motor Co said that hoods and other exterior parts used in their cars which were made from aluminium directly supplied by Kobe Steel were safe, prompting a 5 percent jump in Kobe Steel shares.

"We confirmed that the materials satisfy applicable statutory standards, and our own internal standard, for key safety and durability requirements for vehicles," Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota, one of the world's largest automakers, identified aluminium plates supplied by Kobe Steel for the hoods and rear hatches of Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. While outside the automaker's specifications, they were still safe to use.
 
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