Nissan plants are raided by Japan's transport ministry as part of a probe into unauthorised vehicle inspections, as the company recalls over a million vehicles. Grace Lee reports.
As Nissan gets to grips with a major Japanese recall, Tokyo is piling on the pressure. Transport officials on Wednesday (October 4) raiding two separate Nissan manufacturing plants, part of a probe into unauthorized vehicle inspections that's already forced the company to call back more than a million cars. The mass recall came about this week after Nissan discovered that final inspections were being done by unauthorized technicians at several factories. That means re-inspections are now needed at a cost of more than $200 million, a shock that's seen share in Japan's second-biggest car maker plummet to a five month low. Sources tell Reuters the raids showed that the names of certified technicians appeared on inspection papers, even thought the checks were being done by people who weren't officially qualified. Nissan says its conducting an investigation with a third party into the issue, a process that will take about a month. The recall includes all of the 386 thousand passenger vehicles Nissan sold in Japan last year, roughly 10 percent of its global sales.