The European Commission confirmed, on 25 February 2010, that it recently carried out surprise inspections at the premises of several automotive component suppliers in an operation coordinated with several other competition authorities worldwide. The firms targeted were all suppliers of automotive electrical distribution systems, used to connect a car's electronics to the rest of its functions. The companies under investigation are alleged to have breached EU rules prohibiting cartels and restrictive business practices in a number of different jurisdictions. Amongst the businesses inspected was the UK subsidiary of the Yazaki Corporation, Yazaki Europe Ltd, which released a brief statement confirming that it was visited by the Commission on 24 February 2010 and is “fully cooperating” with its inquiries. Similar inspections were also carried out by US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials a day earlier at Yazaki's US premises, as well as those of other component suppliers, including the Denso Corporation (which has also publicly confirmed the inspection).