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Subaru recall swells to 400,000 units

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan’s Subaru Corp. said Thursday it will expand the coverage of a recall related to its inspection scandal from about 255,000 vehicles to about 400,000 vehicles.

The automaker said it will extend the recall to vehicles manufactured in the three years and nine months before Oct. 3 — when the company recognized the scandal — which have not undergone regular safety inspections after shipment.

The move is intended to reassure customers. Subaru had limited the coverage to vehicles that the company had confirmed received final checks before shipment by unauthorized workers.

Vehicle models subject to the recall remain the same — a total of 12 models produced in Japan, including the Toyota 86 sports car supplied to Toyota Motor Corp.

The recall expansion came from a “voluntary decision” by the company and new inappropriate activity has not been found, Subaru officials said.

The expanded recall is likely to inflate Subaru’s costs to deal with the inspection scandal from some ¥10 billion that the company currently estimates for the year through March 2018.

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