TOKYO Ė Japanís Kobe Steel has been requested by the Justice Department of the United States to hand over information regarding tainted products it sold to American businesses, the company said on Tuesday in a statement.
The statement said Kobe Steel and its American subsidiary will cooperate with the agency and added that the full impact of the data fabrication, that affected hundreds of companies around the world, is yet unclear.
Japanís third-biggest steelmaker has lost more than 40 percent of its stock-market value after it admitted on Oct. 7 to have manipulated the inspection certificates of its aluminum, copper, steel and iron products.
An internal company probe had revealed that data for at least 16 products, sold to around 500 companies, including foreign firms, might have been faked for over a decade.
US companies such as General Motors, Ford, Airbus and Boeing are conducting their own internal probes to ascertain if Kobe Steel supplied them any of the tainted products.
The irregularities included tampering with technical specifications to match requirements, falsification of labels and even skipping inspections, group chairman Hiroya Kawasaki had admitted in a press conference on Friday.