The latest recall represents another blow to Nissan, which has been rocked since the arrest of its former chairman Carlos Ghosn
By Shingo Ito
Nissan on Friday announced plans to recall approximately 150,000 vehicles owing to improper tests on new units, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.
“Nissan has recently found several non-conformities that may have caused inaccurate pass/fail judgements during the inspection process,” the company said in a statement, adding it would “promptly” recall as many as 150,000 units in Japan.
It confirmed that improper tests were carried out on brakes, speedometers and other systems before shipment at its domestic assembly plant.
The recall will cover 10 models including Note and Leaf electric vehicles as well as March and Cube compact cars produced between November 2017 and October this year.
The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorization had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.
In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately “altered”, hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.
Asked if excessive cost-cutting measures under Ghosn — earning the nickname “Le Cost Killer” in France — may have resulted in the improper checks, vice president Seiji Honda said: “In a way, maybe.”
But he added: “We have not established any link between that and our latest problem with inspections.”
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