Nissan Admits to Falsifying Car Emissions Tests

Marco Green
July 9, 2018

Nissan said in a statement that, following compliance checks of various parts of its operations at the domestic vehicle production plants and those of affiliates, it found a series of irregularities meant to mislead authorities.

Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes.

First, says Nissan, tests of exhaust emissions and fuel economy were conducted in ways that deviated from the prescribed testing environment.

Nissan has admitted misconduct in its exhaust emissions testing procedure in Japan and submitted related information to the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure, transport and tourism.

Creation of inspection reports based on altered measurement values. It has since carried out an internal investigation into these discrepancies, Reuters reports.

Nissan understands and regrets the concern and inconvenience caused to stakeholders as a result of its kanken issues a year ago. Nissan has retained the leading Japanese law firm Nishimura and Asahi to carry out an investigation centered on the causes and will implement appropriate countermeasures based on the results.

The latest misconduct does not impact vehicles exported overseas, as it applies to requirements intended specifically for the Japanese market, Nissan said. The falsifications came to light as a result of a company-wide compliance audit that was in turn prompted by revelations previous year of "misconduct" in Nissan's inspection procedures.

Nissan said it would take appropriate action to prevent future occurrence.

Nissan has yet to confirm which vehicles have been affected by the falsification practices, and the extent to which their fuel economy and emissions figures were altered. Nissan is committed to promoting and enforcing compliance and awareness thereof in all operational areas.

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