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Subaru finds misconduct in vehicle inspections

Staff Writer |
Subaru used unskilled personnel to conduct vehicle safety inspections at its plant in northern Tokyo, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

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Subaru, who discovered this practice after an internal investigation, will decide together with the Japanese authorities if it is necessary to recall the affected vehicles and will make an announcement later on Friday, the newspaper said.

The practice coincides with that of the Japanese manufacturer Nissan, which earlier this month announced a recall for 1.2 million vehicles in Japan after admitting irregularities in safety inspections of some models.

The affected vehicles underwent safety checks by unqualified personnel, and thus failed to comply with Japanese regulations, according to Nissan, whose alliance with Renault led them to notch the world’s largest car sales numbers during the first half of the year.

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