Nissan Halts Japan Production For 2 Weeks To Fix Quality Issues

Nissan Halts Japan Production For 2 Weeks To Fix Quality Issues

Nissan Halts Japan Production For 2 Weeks To Fix Quality Issues

Nissan's misconduct was first brought into light following an on-site inspection by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism on September 18.

Specifically, a number of plants in Japan handed final vehicle inspection check items to other lines, such as "offline inspection" and "marketability inspection", with employees not registered internally as final vehicle inspectors carrying out this task. Vehicles exported from Japan aren't involved in the recall as the certificate is a Japan-specific requirement by the ministry, Nissan has said. "Nissan took corrective measures at Japanese production plants by September 20 to address the issue".

Japan's Nissan Motor Co. said on Thursday that it will suspend shipment of new cars from all of its domestic plants for two weeks after it found out that flawed inspection still carried on after it apologized for the malpractice earlier this month. Around 27,600 of these were made for the domestic market, representing around 6 percent of its global production.

The investigators also found that parts of the final inspection were transferred to other inspection teams such as the "offline" and "marketability" departments.

Nissan will halt all auto production at its Japanese plants for two weeks to address issues with final inspection lines after it was revealed that, at some plants, the final inspections were performed by employees who were not certified to carry them out.

Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) announces the suspension of all production for its home market due to the issue with improper inspections. It is also considering additional recalls of some 34,000 vehicles, on top of initial recalls on over 1 million already shipped in Japan. "Production-line processes and checks were conducted properly", said a Nissan spokesperson to The Drive, "All inspections were actually conducted (no "missed checks"), and were conducted by inspection staff". It comes as Japan Inc.is already reeling from a scandal at Kobe Steel Ltd., which said October 8 it falsified data on the durability of some products - an admission that's reverberating through manufacturers of cars, planes and bullet trains.

At 1415 GMT, shares in Nissan's alliance partner Renault were down 2.3 percent at 84.36 euros.

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