Nissan suspends vehicle production at all Japanese plants

Frederick Owens
October 21, 2017

While Nissan recalls, re-inspects, and places certified inspectors back at the end of the production line, it will keep its Japanese production facilities offline for at least two weeks.

Nissan had, on 18 September, announced that the Japanese ministry of land, infrastructure and transportation (MLIT) notified Nissan that in the final vehicle inspection process, certain checks were carried out by technicians not properly registered to perform those duties under Nissan's own processes.

This all stems from the recent discovery that the automaker hasn't been complying with Japanese regulations for final inspections on new vehicles sold in Japan. The moves will impact less than 10% of Nissan vehicles manufactured in Japan each month. The problem began with a focus on efficiency that led to transferring some inspection steps to other inspection lines.

"Nissan regards the recurrence of this issue at domestic plants - despite the corrective measures taken - as critical", it said.

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"Our emergency measures were not enough".

The stoppage won't affect cars produced in Japan and exported, a Nissan spokesman said. The reason for it is that the company is looking into an issue of misconduct in the final inspection system of its cars.

Nissan Motor Co. announced late Thursday it has suspended shipping all the vehicles for the domestic market, after it found that improper inspections had also been conducted at three other assembly plants. The hot-selling Rogue and newly debuted next-generation Leaf are both produced in Japan and would suffer immensely if forced to be recalled in the USA and other markets.

Some time ago Kobe Steel the third biggest steel-making company in Japan self-confessed that it submitted false data related to the quality of steel and products it sold globally for last ten years.

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