Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Additional misconduct was found in final inspections of finished vehicles at Nissan Motor Co., informed sources said Thursday.
The automaker is in talks with the transport ministry and is considering recalling affected vehicles, the sources said.
The company has yet to disclose details.
Regarding its inspection irregularities already announced, Nissan in September submitted a report including measures to prevent any recurrence.
At that time, a senior Nissan official said, “All of the pus has been removed.”
Last year, Nissan said unqualified workers conducted final inspections at plants in Japan. Nissan was found to have continued the practice even after the announcement.
Over the problem, more than 1 million vehicles were recalled in total.
In July this year, data manipulation and other misconduct were also discovered in fuel economy and gas emission tests, which are part of the final inspections.
Last month, Carlos Ghosn, Nissan’s former chairman, who led the automaker for some 19 years, was arrested for allegedly underreporting his pay in Nissan securities reports submitted to financial authorities.
The latest inspection fraud deals an additional blow to Nissan’s brand image. It also raises questions about the reliability of Nissan’s investigations into its inspection scandals and preventive measures.Speech