Nissan – Japan’s second biggest automaker again in the dock for vehicle inspection misconduct

As per sources, uncertified technicians continued to certify final vehicle inspections as late as October 11.

On Wednesday, as per two sources with direct knowledge of the matter at hand, despite reports of widespread misconduct at its factories in Japan, Nissan Motor Co had conducted uncertified vehicle checks as recently as last week.

Japan’s No. 2 automaker has recalled all of the 1.2 million news cars that it sold in the domestic market in the last 3 years after discovering that the final checks of its vehicles were not performed by certified technicians.

According to sources, who preferred the cover of anonymity since they weren’t authorised to speak to the media, the results of an internal investigation have concluded that the misconduct took place at an affiliate – Nissan Shatai Co’s Shonan factory, where uncertified technicians had been involved in vehicle inspections as late as October 11.

Japanese news daily Sankei has reported that the misconduct has effected 3,800 vehicles; however Nissan has not issued a recall since they had cleared safety standards.

Nissan’s spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.

On October 2, at a news conference, Hiroto Saikawa, Nissan’s Chief Executive, had said only certified technicians had conducted checks since Sept. 20.

While inspecting Nissan’s factories, Japan’s ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport had found that while the company had used the names of certified technicians to sign on the documents, final vehicle checks were conducted by non-certified technicians.

The ministry has asked Nissan to report measures to prevent a recurrence of the issue by the end of this month.

On Wednesday, Nissan’s shares were down were down by a fraction of a percentage, while the broader Tokyo market was slightly higher.

Nissan Shatai’s shares were down by 1.2%.

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