Nissan is already under pressure following the arrest of its chairman Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File
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Nissan hit by new inspection scandal

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By Riccardo Savi

Nissan plans to conduct another recall owing to "improper" tests on new vehicles, a newspaper said Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese car giant following the shock arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn.

The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan's major assembly plants, the Nikkei business daily said.

Several employees admitted they carried out "improper" tests on brake and other systems before shipment, the newspaper said, without specifying how many cars were affected.

Nissan plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any vehicles improperly tested, it added.

Immediate confirmation of the report was not available.

The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million vehicles last year after admitting staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

In a separate case that erupted in July, Nissan admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately "altered", hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.

If confirmed, it would represent another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.

Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

The ousted chairman is expected to face a further accusation of under-reporting his salary by about four billion yen ($35.5 million) over the past three years, Japanese media reported.

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Oh god, this isn't going to be the next reason to hold Ghosn now is it..

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Don't worry, I'm sure they'll find a way to blame it all on Ghosn!

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Damn it Carlos, what have you done now?

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Yes, yes!

Blame Ghosn!

It’ all hi.........

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Nissan is already under pressure following the arrest of its chairman

"Nissan is already under pressure after throwing its Chairman under a bus to avoid a merger with Renault"

Fixed it for you ;)

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So its their QA Department, but Nissan is a big company, can't they bring in someone from Sunderland ?

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Another scandal!!???Say it ain’t so...but will anyone go to jail or will they just hold a press conference and bow deeply while the cameras flicker!

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Carlos is gonna get served with a fresh arrest warrant for allowing this to happen on his watch!

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Guess the next thing will be Japanese workers and leaders within Nissan solely blaming Ghosn for all the scandals:( Ghosn saved you Nissan, without him you wouldn't have survived!

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But Japanese will not beg you to buy the cars.

Yes they do. During the negotiations for the free trade deal with the EU, the Japanese pushed hard to get tariffs removed on Japanese cars. In fact, car issue held up for negotiations for a long time.

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Not in the Japanese vocabulary but one catastrophe then another catastrophe and oh my goodness another catastrophe then you add the former CEO held with no charges? Is there more? OOH catastrophe. My next car may not be a Japanese. Or German cheeper to get a 3D printer and just make one. Checking Amazon for a used Tank now.

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tinawatanabeToday 04:43 pm JST

Car makers know more about cars than those transport ministry officials. ------------------------

I agree. To me, it is like a car being tested by a non A Grade mechanic. From my experience as a motor mechanic, those A Grade mechanics excell on the theories and exams but can be less competent on the practical ability of many non certified mechanics. I used to have the odd certified mechanics ask me how to do things.

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This looks to me that Nissan is having many problems in the Japanese company. First , the reports of Carlos salary package & his income by some , bad Japanese insiders, who now wants to be president and chairman. Then reports by employees that problems with their cars. If any employees have any problems inside Nissan...........why are these people Japanese or otherwise , not reporting it to their people before the problems really happened ???. I do not accept anything that say Carlos have the last word. Nissan have Japanese controllers, kansayaku, accountants a whole team of Japanese advisers, sales team, public relations, quality controllers, staffs affairs a whole team of Japanese workers. What are these people doing ???.do anyone mean to tell their share-holders

that all the people at Nissan is only good for wasting time, guchi , back-stabbing and not real work ???. What is the matter and who is the scape goat next ???

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Just finished translating a New Years address for a customer working for the original customer, whose name was redacted in the original but whom I suspect was Honda. There was much emphasis on quality control and communication both intra-company and with affiliates. Let the people on the floor communicate both inside and outside the company freely and these problems would be vastly mitigated.

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Renault, come on and just buy Nissan..not that I think Macron is a good substitute as leader.

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Seen (at least) from outside Japan, this is a small scandal that contrasts with a great scandal of judicial practices of obvious psychological torture to obtain confessions from detainees: seemly people who applying historical judiciary practices of custody don't care about great negative impact on the International image of Japan.

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You know, everybody here says American cars are terrible, but the last huge fiasco like this I heard from an American car company was Ford's exploding tires and that was back in 2001...

I love Japanese cars and for the last 35 years or so that's all I've owned, but it sure looks like they need to get their act together.

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extanker, if you love and own Japanese cars for last 35 years, why would you ask for a change ? Do you want to pay for buying a car, for driving a car, for repairing a car ? Or you want the car to depreciate fast, to have problems fast, to break down fast ?

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extanker, if you love and own Japanese cars for last 35 years, why would you ask for a change ? Do you want to pay for buying a car, for driving a car, for repairing a car ? Or you want the car to depreciate fast, to have problems fast, to break down fast ?

To answer your first question. Yes, I love Japanese cars, but eventually I would lose trust in them if all the major Japanese car companies continually face non-stop scandals. Wouldn't that bother you? Especially when some of those scandals involve safety inspections. It's pretty simple.

As for the rest of your questions, I have absolutely no idea what you are asking.

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They will blame it on Ghosan, and that this will be used to extend his stay in detention...

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Seems Nissan is the problem.

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Ghosn isn't perfect.

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Japanese want you to buy Japanese cars, no shame about that. But Japanese will not beg you to buy the cars. It is your money, it is your decision. Japanese do nothing wrong to produce cars, even bad cars.

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It was the result of extreme cost cutting policy and not enough skill employees to test and check the car in the Car Company. However, I don't think it's compromised quality and safety of the Nissan cars.

Carlos Ghosn has responsibility for that scandal as Chairman.

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Nissan just sucks.

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gogogo Today  01:12 am JST

Seems Nissan is the problem

> Michael G Dec. 6  10:33 pm JST

Nissan just sucks

Nissan quality, durability and reliability under Ghosn regime sucked. Ghosn cost cutting legacy is this - you get what you pay for.

Nissan can no longer be mentioned in the same sentence as Honda and Toyota when. It cones to quality, durability and reliability. They’re now merely Hyundai-tier.

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The test gives Transport Ministry more authorities.

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Car makers know more about cars than those transport ministry officials.

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