Nissan Reports More Vehicles Affected by Data Manipulation

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Yokohama, Sept. 26 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> said Wednesday that it has confirmed product inspection data manipulation for 1,205 vehicles at Japanese plants, up from the previously reported 1,171.

The automaker has also detected data falsification in 11 other areas, including vehicle width and car horn volume, for a total of 253 vehicles, according to a report submitted to the transport ministry.

Nissan disclosed exhaust emissions and fuel economy data fraud in July, after the revelation of its use of unauthorized workers in vehicle inspections in September last year.

Exhaust emissions and mileage data manipulation has been found at five of its six domestic factories, including the mainstay Oppama plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and other data fraud at four of them, including the Oppama plant and a group factory in Kanda, Fukuoka Prefecture.

As causes of the misconduct, the report cited a shortage of vehicle inspectors, defects in inspection equipment and poor oversight of inspection operations.

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