Nissan prepares to resume production of automobiles for its house market at five of its domestic plants from Tuesday as Japan’s transport ministry authorized changes to the inappropriate final-inspection treatments that forced a significant vehicle recall.
The automaker had suspended domestic production of all passenger cars it produces its home market on October 19 after finding that uncertified technicians had been signing off on final inspections for years.
That resulted in the recall of 1.2 million vehicles for re-inspection, consisting all passenger cars it produced for sale in Japan during the past 3 years.
Nissan stated on Monday that its plants in Fukuoka, Kanagawa and Tochigi would reboot production for the domestic market, together with plants run by affiliate Nissan Shatai in Fukuoka and Kanagawa.
A plant run by affiliate Kyoto Auto Works is waiting for ministry approval, Nissan stated.
Nissan informed it had fixed inconsistencies between plant operating manuals and plant activities in documents provided to the ministry, and that it was taking measures to enhance training and testing procedures for inspectors.
Japan’s transport ministry needs licensed inspectors to approve automobile checks for cars sold in Japan, a step that is not needed for vehicles exported overseas.