Japan Govt Inspects Suzuki over Vehicle Scandal

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Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Pref., April 19 (Jiji Press)--Japan's transport ministry conducted an on-site inspection of Suzuki Motor Corp. <7269> Friday following the automaker's vehicle inspection scandal.

Ministry officials visited Suzuki's head office in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, central Japan, under the road transport vehicle law.

On April 12, the automaker reported to the ministry irregularities including data manipulation in brake inspections for four-wheel vehicles. The ministry will consider administrative punishment after checking facts.

On Thursday, Suzuki notified the ministry that it will recall 2.02 million vehicles, a record high for a single recall notification in the country. A total of 29 vehicle models are affected.

The automaker estimates that the recall will cost some 80 billion yen.

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