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Alex Rae | Jul, 10 2018 | 0 Comments

Nissan’s discovery last year that vehicle inspections had been carried out by uncertified technicians has led to a severe hangover, as it uncovers falsified fuel emissions data and safety problems.

After performing inspections at all of its Japanese production sites and in-line with orders from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, Nissan has confirmed it found ‘nonconformities’ in the final inspection process at all facilities except for the Kyushu plant.

Specifically, Nissan says it found that the testing regime for exhaust emissions and fuel economy measurements deviated from the prescribed testing environment, resulting in falsified figures.

Further woes include not being able to confirm if the GT-R meets emissions safety standrds though the Japanese maker says it is testing every model off the line to confirm its status as soon as possible.

“Following re-verification of reliable log data, Nissan has confirmed that all vehicles produced, excepting GT-R, conform to Japanese safety standards,” Nissan Japan said in a statement.

“This issue came to light during the course of voluntary checks conducted by Nissan.

“Nissan understands and regrets the concern and inconvenience caused to stakeholders as a result of its kanken (production procedure) issues last year. Proactive initiatives to prevent recurrence of such issues have led to the discovery of this misconduct, for which the company is regretful.”

The latest headache for Nissan follows its recall of 1.2 million vehicles last year, though it has confirmed that the latest issue won't result in a recall of any more models.

Nissan becomes another chapter in the fuel-emissions cheating chronicle that has embroiled major manufacturers including Daimler, Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General Motors.

The giant, that forms part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance, is the second biggest Japanese auto maker behind Toyota which has remained clean of any emissions problems so far.

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