Nissan finds misconduct in emissions, mileage data in Japan inspections

Reuters TOKYO | Updated on July 09, 2018 Published on July 09, 2018

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Says misconduct concerns 19 models sold in Japan

Nissan Motor said on Monday it had unearthed misconduct related to exhaust emissions and fuel economy measurements for 19 models sold in Japan, the second case in under a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes.

Japan's second-largest automaker said it had found that the testing environments for emissions and fuel economy in final vehicle inspections at most of its factories in Japan were not in line with requirements, and that inspection reports were based on altered measurements.

“A full and comprehensive investigation of the facts ... including the causes and background of the misconduct, is underway,” Nissan said in a statement, adding it was discovered during voluntary compliance checks it launched following last year's improper vehicle inspection scandal.

It added that the misconduct did not compromise the safety of the affected models, and that mileage readings were in line with levels presented in product catalogues. It was in the process of compiling data for the low-production GT-R sports car to confirm that it satisfies safety standards.

In October last year, Nissan said that for decades uncertified inspectors had signed off on final checks for cars sold in the country, triggering a domestic recall of 1.2 million vehicles.

The automaker blamed staffing shortages for the misconduct, which contributed to a slide in full-year operating profit in the year ended March. Nissan said on Monday it would take appropriate action to prevent future occurrence.

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Published on July 09, 2018
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