Nissan shuts down Japanese production

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 19, 2017

Vehicles exported from Japan aren't involved in the recall as the certificate is a Japan-specific requirement by the ministry, Nissan has said.

The issue has tarnished Nissan's brand at home, and along with a data falsification scandal at compatriot Kobe Steel Ltd, has raised questions about compliance and quality control at Japanese manufacturers.

The automaker's CEO Hiroto Saikawa told a press conference that final inspections at four of its six domestic plants were still conducted by uncertified personnel even after the company had apologized and made a decision to recall some 1.2 million vehicles over the malpractice.

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.

The automaker admitted that uncertified technicians performed final checks for domestic market models because some inspection steps had been transferred to other inspection lines, in violation of ministry rules.

"Our emergency measures were not enough".

At a press conference Thursday, President Hiroto Saikawa apologized to "those who had trusted in our measures to prevent a reoccurrence".

This month, Nissan said it was calling back around 1.2 million vehicles produced and sold in Japan between 2014 and 2017 for re-inspection, after government officials found some final inspections were being done by staff not certified to do them. "Nissan took corrective measures at Japanese production plants by September 20 to address the issue". He insisted that the issue did not affect the quality of Nissan's vehicles.

At 1415 GMT, shares in Nissan's alliance partner Renault were down 2.3 percent at 84.36 euros. He then was assigned to turn around Nissan, where he reduced the company's purchasing costs, shut five factories, eliminated 21,000 jobs and invested the savings back into 22 auto and truck models in three years.

A leading Japanese steel producer announced early this week that it had falsified data relating to strength and durability of certain aluminum and copper pieces used in vehicle and plane manufacture, .

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