Nissan resumes auto production at 5 plants

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Nissan Motor Co. has resumed production at five of the six plants in Japan that had been suspended due to the automaker’s vehicle inspection scandal, company officials said Tuesday.

Nissan received confirmation of the effectiveness of its preventive measures from the transport ministry and managed to resume the plant operations after two weeks.

Production is expected to resume soon at the remaining plant, in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, operated by a group company.

The five factories are Nissan’s Oppama plant in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and its Tochigi plant in the town of Kaminokawa, Tochigi Prefecture, as well as Nissan Motor Kyushu Co.’s plant in Kanda, Fukuoka Prefecture, Nissan Shatai Kyushu Co.’s plant in Kanda and Nissan Shatai Co.’s plant in Hiratsuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.

In September, Nissan revealed that final inspections of some of its finished vehicles were conducted by workers who were not qualified to do such checks.

Since such misconduct was found later to have continued even after the revelation, the automaker halted production and shipments of vehicles for domestic sales at the six factories from mid-October.

Also, a third-party investigation team, including lawyers, has discovered that during some exams to be certified as final inspectors of finished vehicles, workers were shown the correct answers.Speech

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