Nissan recalling 1.2 mil cars in Japan


Nissan announced Monday, Oct. 2 that it will recall 1.2 million vehicles in Japan after it was discovered that they did not go through the country's required final checks.

In addition to the millions of consumer cars, the recall also affects 60,000 vehicles that were stockpiled at its various plants and dealer lots around Japan.

Among the 1.2m cars subject to the recall will be the company's electric auto model Leaf, the newest version of which it launched last month.

Japan's second-biggest auto maker said the recall would cost it around 25 billion yen ($222 million) to re-inspect vehicles produced for the domestic market from October 2014 to September 2017, that include leading sellers the Serena minivan and the Note compact hatchback.

The company did not elaborate on why the inspections did not meet Japanese market requirements.

The vehicles, which have been sold since October of 2014, underwent a final vehicle inspections by unauthorized technicians.

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"A team that includes an independent third party is now investigating the causes and measures to prevent recurrence", it said.

Over 386,000 passenger vehicles were sold by Nissan in Japan previous year, all of which will have to be checked again. The automaker said it will resume registrations following re-inspection, beginning October 3, 2017.

Nissan plans to submit a non-compliance recall report to Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport this week.

"We must take the registration framework and procedures seriously, regardless of how busy we may be or how short-staffed we may be", said Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa, "We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers".

Saikawa said that not enough had been done to educate the inspection staff on inspection requirements, and that the recall and re-inspections could cost around $222 million (25 billion yen).