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Transport officials probe Subaru over fudged data

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — The transport ministry on Wednesday conducted an on-site inspection of Subaru Corp.’s headquarters in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward over the major automaker’s data manipulation.

In the probe, based on the road trucking vehicle act, the ministry will check whether Subaru’s report on the malpractice was appropriate.

According to report, submitted to the ministry on April 27, fuel economy and emission data were manipulated for 903 finished vehicles in pre-shipment inspections at two of its plants in Gunma Prefecture at least between December 2012 and November 2017.

The company claimed in the report that the vehicles in question satisfied its quality control standards under the original data before the manipulation.

At Subaru, another scandal came to light in October 2017, in which unqualified employees conducted pre-shipment inspections of finished vehicles.

“We are sorry for causing a lot of concerns and trouble to all stakeholders,” a Subaru official said on Wednesday. “We will do our best to improve our corporate culture that caused the problem.”

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