Fines on Nissan over Mitsubishi's Mileage Scandal Canceled

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Tokyo, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Consumer Affairs Agency said Wednesday it has canceled an order issued to Nissan Motor Co. <7201> to pay fines for selling minivehicles supplied by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211> with their fuel efficiency dressed up.

The order was canceled on Friday. It is the first time for the agency to cancel such an order.

Nissan filed a complaint with a panel of the internal affairs ministry, asking for a review on the order. After an examination, the panel in late October called for withdrawing the order and the agency then accepted the advisory, according to informed sources.

The panel and the agency decided against concluding that Nissan had neglected to check for irregularities by Mitsubishi, the sources said.

In January 2017, the agency ordered Mitsubishi to pay some 480 million yen in fines, claiming that the automaker had manipulated vehicle fuel economy data and overstated mileage mainly in catalogs in violation of the law against misleading representations.

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