Auto parts makers to plead guilty to U.S. price-fixing

|By:, SA News Editor

Nine companies based in Japan and two executives agree to plead guilty and to pay a combined $740M in fines for their roles in conspiracies to fix the prices of auto parts sold to U.S. car manufacturers, the Department of Justice says.

The DoJ says price-fixed automobile parts were sold to GM, Ford (F) and Chrysler (FIATY.PK), as well as to U.S. subsidiaries of Honda (HMC), Mazda (MZDAF.PK, MZDAY.PK), Mitsubishi (MMTOF.PK), Nissan (NSANY.OB), Toyota (TM) and Subaru (FUJHY.PK, FUJHF.PK).

Among the parts affected by the conspiracies were seat belts, radiators, windshield wipers, air conditioning systems, power window motors and power steering components.