Toyota, Daihatsu global sales hit by safety data scandal

Toyota Motor and subsidiary Daihatsu Motor saw their global sales drop in the wake of safety test scandals.

Japan's eight major automakers announced their sales figures worldwide for February.

Toyota sold 719,630 units, down 6.9 percent from the same month last year. Daihatsu's sales plunged by 46.2 percent year on year to 52,068.

Daihatsu makes small-car models for Toyota, but it has yet to fully resume production after revelations late last year of safety data rigging. Toyota has also been affected by a similar scandal at group firm Toyota Industries, which makes engines.

This is the first time in 13 months that Toyota has posted a year-on-year decrease in global sales.

The company's domestic unit sales also dropped by 33.3 percent, while Daihatsu saw an 82-percent decline.