Nissan shuts down Japanese production

Marco Green
October 19, 2017

Japan's transport ministry said this month it had discovered that uncertified technicians at plants producing Nissan vehicles were using the stamps of certified technicians to sign off on final vehicle inspections, in violation of ministry guidelines. That's necessary as recently it was announced unauthorized employees have been performing final vehicles inspections for the automaker. It is also considering additional recalls of some 34,000 vehicles, on top of initial recalls on over 1 million already shipped in Japan.

"The existing management's responsibility now is to prevent recurrence and to normalize operation, and put the company back on a growth track", Mr Saikawa said.

As a preventive measure, Nissan will also increase the number of inspectors at its Japanese factories. Recall costs could add up to around 1 billion yen ($8.8 million).

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. The company "took corrective measures", but a follow-up external investigation found that safety checks in at least three plants were still being performed by unqualified technicians this week.

A production suspension was needed to reconfigure final inspection lines, the company said in a statement.

Saikawa said Oct 2 he will personally investigate to get to the bottom of the issue before deciding who should bear responsibility for the "shocking" lapse. Saikawa said the communication gaps between the managers and shop-floor employees are to blame for the situation.

The country's second-largest automaker said it would stop production of domestic market vehicles at all six of its Japanese assembly plants to consolidate their inspection lines to comply with the country's transport ministry requirements.

The Japanese auto industry has been reeling from multiple scandals involving product quality and falsification of records.

Nissan said it was first alerted to the problem by the Japanese government on September 18.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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