Overview of the automobile component bid‑rigging conspiracy investigation

Ninth guilty plea resulting in second largest fine for bid‑rigging offence

Backgrounder


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.

Timeline of events
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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