Japanese automaker Subaru opens investigation into mileage cheating

Subaru had revealed in October that uncertified staff had been carrying out tests on new cars for decades.
Subaru had revealed in October that uncertified staff had been carrying out tests on new cars for decades.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Subaru Corp on Wednesday (Dec 20) said it was investigating whether its inspectors may have falsified data on vehicle mileage readings during final inspections conducted on cars sold in Japan.

The Japanese automaker in October revealed that uncertified staff had been carrying out tests on new cars sold on the domestic market for decades, and on Tuesday vowed to improve oversight.

On Wednesday, it said in a statement that some inspectors had told external investigators that mileage data also had been altered on some models during the final checking process.

It added that it had not confirmed that any such fabrications had taken place.

Subaru shares fell as much as 8.5 per cent on Wednesday and were the most heavily traded stock by turnover on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.