Nissan says emissions data for 19 models had been faked

TOKYO • Nissan Motor yesterday said it had unearthed misconduct related to exhaust emissions and fuel economy measurements for 19 models sold in Japan, the second case in under a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes.

Japan’s second-largest automaker said it had found that the testing environments for emissions and fuel economy in final vehicle inspections at most of its factories in Japan were not in line with requirements, and that inspection reports were based on altered measurements.

“A full and comprehensive investigation of the facts... including the causes and background of the misconduct, is underway,” Nissan said in a statement, adding that it was discovered during voluntary compliance checks it launched following last year’s improper vehicle inspection scandal.

It said the misconduct did not compromise the safety of the affected models, and that mileage readings were in line with levels presented in product catalogues.

It was in the process of compiling data for the low-production GT-R sports car to confirm that it satisfies safety standards.

Last October, Nissan said that for decades uncertified inspectors had signed off on final checks for cars sold in the country, triggering a domestic recall of 1.2 million vehicles.

It blamed staffing shortages for the misconduct, which contributed to a slide in full-year operating profit in the year ended March.

The automaker yesterday said it would take appropriate action to prevent future occurrence.

Nissan’s share price fell 4.56 per cent to 1,003.5 yen after it said it would make a statement on exhaust measurements following a report of falsification. It made the statement after the market closed.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

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