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Japanese authorities inspect Nissan plants over irregularities

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Japan’s Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii said he has inspected Nissan’s two production plants as part of an ongoing investigation into safety check irregularities in the automaker’s factories.

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Japanese authorities inspected the Tochigi (north of Tokyo) and Kyoto (center) plants, a Nissan spokesperson told EFE.

The transport ministry conducted inspections at the Shonan, Oppama and two Nissan Shatai plants in Kyushu in late September, in which it found the safety checks of vehicles had been carried out by unqualified technicians and failed to meet home market requirements.

The inspections are part of the same investigation process and they are likely due to continue, according to Nissan.

Meanwhile, sources close to the investigation have revealed that reports of safety checks would have been signed by the designated qualified personnel, although inspections had been carried out by unqualified technicians, according to the public broadcaster NHK.

The investigation sought to determine whether this practice was carried out over an extended period of time.

The irregularities prompted Nissan on Monday to recall 1.2 million cars in Japan for re-inspection, and begin re-inspections of the 34,000 vehicles stockpiled in plants and with dealers.

Among the 21 affected models are the Note and Skyline vehicles, and the Leaf electric car – launched on Monday – which are said to be affected by irregularities in their safety checks.

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