Nis­san to re­call 150,000 cars due to im­proper checks

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Business -

NIS­SAN 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 judg­ments 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.

Nis­san plans to no­tify au­thor­i­ties of the re­call on Thurs­day, it added.

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.

The lat­est re­call rep­re­sents 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 next week 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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