Japan's transport ministry says inspections at five of six Nissan plants found documents signing off checks by non-certified technicians on vehicles for the domestic market. The carmaker is now recalling 1.2 million passenger cars due to the issue. David Pollard reports.
The news goes from bad to worse for Nissan. Japan's transport ministry confirming they found evidence that checks on cars had been signed off by certified technicians ... But the checks themselves performed by non-certified technicians. Japan's second-biggest carmaker is now recalling 1.2 million passenger cars it's sold domestically over the past three years. The non-certified technicians included contract workers, according to the ministry ... Whose officials describe the findings as 'extremely regrettable' and as 'shaking the foundation of the certification system'. They're now working to establish whether and how widely the practice was known. This is the second major instance of misconduct involving a Japanese automaker in under two years ... After Mitsubishi said it tampered with fuel economy tests.