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Nissan apologizes after acknowledging it falsified data

Paul Hodgson | July 9, 2018

Nissan, echoing another Japanese company’s mea culpa moment, apologized Monday after uncovering—as part of a check of emissions and fuel economy tests within its final production process (known as kanken)—it had falsified data at all but one of its Japanese vehicle production plants.

The firm did not disclose in total how many cars were involved, but said emissions and fuel economy tests had “deviated from the prescribed testing environment.”

The findings, which were reported to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), follow the announcement last  September of concerns over Nissan’s compliance with national safety standards and inspections. 

This latest example of non-compliance with environmental and health and safety laws mirrors compliance failure or evasion characteristics of previous Japanese scandals at Kobe Steel and previous car manufacturing scandals at Volkswagen.

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