Overview of the automobile component bid‑rigging conspiracy investigation
Ninth guilty plea resulting in second largest fine for bid‑rigging offence
The Bureau first learned of cartel activity in the motor vehicle components industry by way of its Immunity Program, after which it began investigating in December 2009. The investigation also benefitted from the cooperation of numerous companies under the Bureau’s Leniency Program.
The Bureau’s investigation relates to a series of alleged conspiracies and bid‑rigging agreements or arrangements among various suppliers in the sale and supply of components used in the manufacturing of motor vehicles in Canada and elsewhere.
Since April 2013, the Bureau’s investigation involving motor vehicle components has resulted in nine guilty pleas and over $70 million in fines imposed by the courts.
The investigation continues and the Bureau is cooperating closely with international partners to ensure cartel participants are brought to justice and pay for their crime.
|Date||Company||Motor vehicle component||Fine|
|April 4, 2013||Furukawa||Electrical boxes||$5 million|
|April 18, 2013||Yazaki Corporation||Wire harnesses||$30 million: largest fine ever ordered by a court in Canada for a bid‑rigging offence|
|July 12, 2013||JTEKT Corporation||Automotive wheel hub unit bearings||$5 million|
|January 30, 2014||NSK Ltd.||Automotive wheel hub unit bearings||$4.5 million|
|February 20, 2014||Panasonic||Switches and sensors||$4.7 million|
|August 20, 2014||DENSO Corporation||Body electronic control units||$2.45 million|
|December 11, 2014||Yamashita Rubber Co.||Anti‑vibration components and systems||$4.5 million|
|December 9, 2015||Toyo Tire||Anti‑vibration components and systems||$1.7 million|
|April 1, 2016||Showa Corporation||Electric power steering gears||$13 million: second largest fine ever ordered by a court in Canada for a bid‑rigging offence|
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