Japanese government finds rubber-stamped inspections at 5 Nissan plants
11 October 2017 - Autoblog
Japan's transport ministry on Friday said inspections at five of six plants making Nissan cars found stamps of certified technicians on documents signing off checks by non-certified technicians on vehicles for the domestic market.
Vehicles destined for the domestic market must undergo an additional final procedure performed by certified technicians before being registered with the transport ministry.
Uncertified technicians at Nissan included contract workers, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii said at a regular news briefing on Friday.
"It's extremely regrettable, causing anxiety for users and shaking the foundation of the certification system," Ishii said. The ministry is working to discern whether and how widely the practice was known, he added.
The use of uncertified personnel constitutes the second major instance of misconduct involving a Japanese automaker in under two years, after Mitsubishi said it tampered with fuel economy tests of some domestic-market models.