Suzuki to Recall 2 M. Vehicles over Inspection Scandal

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Tokyo, April 18 (Jiji Press)--Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> notified the transport ministry on Thursday that it will recall more than two million vehicles for possible breaches of the state-set safety standards, following revelations of improper preshipment inspections.

Subject to the recall are 2,021,500 vehicles manufactured between May 2015 and February 2019, marking a record high for a single recall notification in Japan.

Suzuki President Toshihiro Suzuki told a press conference on Friday that the recall is likely to cost about 80 billion yen.

The transport ministry plans to carry out an on-site inspection of the minivehicle manufacturer's head office in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, on Friday under the Road Transport Vehicle Act. It is considering administrative punishment against the company.

The recall covers 17 vehicle models including the Spacia, Wagon R, Alto and Hustler, as well as 12 models that Suzuki supplies to Nissan Motor Co. <7201>, Mazda Motor Corp. <7261> and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. <7211>.

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