Nissan Unveils More Inspection Fraud, to Recall 150,000 Vehicles

Economy

Yokohama, Dec. 7 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> said Friday that it has found additional misconduct in preshipment inspections of its finished vehicles, including tests on brake systems, the fourth such revelation by the major Japanese automaker since autumn last year.

Next Thursday, Nissan will report to the transport ministry a recall of some 150,000 vehicles from 11 models, including the Note passenger car and the Leaf electric vehicle.

Nissan discovered the new problem during a voluntary investigation it launched after the revelation in September of a similar inspection scandal at industry peer Subaru Corp. <7270>.

The irregularities took place at two Nissan plants--the Oppama factory in the city of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, and Auto Works Kyoto in the city of Uji in the western prefecture of Kyoto.

At the plants, employees used inappropriate methods for a total of six inspection items, including on brakes and steering wheels.

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