Nissan Says Inspection Documents in Japan Were Falsified

Final inspections of Nissan vehicles in Japan weren't exactly legal.

Nissan Says Inspection Documents in Japan Were Falsified

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— Nissan is in more trouble in Japan after admitting employees falsified inspection documents concerning everything from the horns to how the headlights were aimed.

The automaker had already been busted in 2017 when it was caught selling Japanese models that were inspected by uncertified technicians.

Thanks to the emissions scandal started by Volkswagen, Japanese regulators twice determined most of Nissan's factories allowed vehicles to be certified and sold even though the vehicles didn't meet emissions and fuel economy standards.

Nissan admits the falsified documents show the automaker didn't take inspection rules seriously because employees weren't aware of the consequences of their actions.

What started as falsified inspections related to fuel economy and emissions grew to include falsified documents for how loud the horns should work, how much noise each vehicle is allowed to emit and how headlights should be aimed.

The automaker told Japanese regulators that supervisors and managers would take more of a proactive role as more inspectors are hired to perform final inspections before vehicles are certified for sale. According to Nissan, all inspectors will have to go through increased training and be taught the serious nature of final vehicle inspections.

In actions taken in 2017, the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport found Nissan had been falsifying inspection documents for the past few years, but internal documents from Nissan indicated the practice had went on since the 1970s.