Nis­san hit by new in­spec­tion scan­dal af­ter Ghosn ar­rest

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

NIS­SAN plans to con­duct an­other re­call ow­ing to “im­proper” tests on new ve­hi­cles, a news­pa­per said yesterday, deal­ing a fresh blow to the Ja­panese car gi­ant fol­low­ing the shock ar­rest of for­mer Chair­man Car­los Ghosn.

The lat­est is­sue was un­cov­ered af­ter trans­port min­istry of­fi­cials con­ducted on­site in­spec­tions at Nis­san’s ma­jor assem­bly plants, the Nikkei busi­ness daily said.

Sev­eral em­ploy­ees ad­mit­ted they car­ried out “im­proper” tests on brake and other sys­tems be­fore ship­ment, the news­pa­per said, with­out spec­i­fy­ing how many cars were af­fected.

Nis­san plans to make an an­nounce­ment on the case later this month and is con­sid­er­ing re­call­ing any ve­hi­cles im­prop­erly tested, it added. Im­me­di­ate con­fir­ma­tion of the re­port was not avail­able.

The man­u­fac­turer was forced to re­call more than 1 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. If con­firmed, it would rep­re­sent an­other blow to the com­pany, which has been rocked since Ghosn was ar­rested on Nov. 19 on al­le­ga­tions he un­der­re­ported his salary by mil­lions of dol­lars over five years. Ghosn de­nies any wrong­do­ing.

The ousted chair­man is ex­pected to face a fur­ther ac­cu­sa­tion of un­der­re­port­ing his salary by about 4 bil­lion yen ($35.5 mil­lion) over the past three years, Ja­panese me­dia re­ported.

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