Osaka, Japan -- Investigations into Toyo Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd's urethane-based heat-resistant building construction materials have revealed that the materials do not meet government standards and should never have been sold to the public.
The company's 5 Nov statement said that the materials, which are primarily used as wall and ceiling panels in various types of structures, are required by Japanese government regulations to be able to sustain heat and fire damage for a specified period of time.
When the materials were first tested they contained ingredients that enhanced their heat and fire resistant capacity and therefore the company's Industrial Products segment obtained government approval to market them.
Toyo now says that that the materials sold did not contain the fire retardants and were never capable of meeting government standards and has informed the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of its finding.
The company has ceased marketing, sale and distribution of the products, said Toyo, in the statement.
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Press release from Toyo