Nissan says it is in the process of restarting production of vehicles for the local market in Japan. The company had previously halted production of vehicles destined for its home market on October 20th amid a scandal associated with final inspection of vehicles after assembly.
In total, Nissan halted production at all six of its Japanese plants after the Japanese government uncovered that the company had unauthorized personnel inspecting vehicles. Along with the production stop, the company was also required to recall 1.2 million vehicles in Japan to reinspect them to be in compliance with Japanese regulations.
Japan has stringent rules and regulations associated with vehicle production, including a requirement that vehicles be inspected by authorized, trained personnel at the end of the assembly line. Nissan failed to meet this requirement, causing the recall and the halting of production after the company subsequently attempted to cover up the initial unauthorized inspections.
Nissan says it has fully satisfied the matter, which is why it is restarting production. While production is resuming at five of the six plants, the company’s Kyoto plant is still idle.
“Nissan regrets any inconvenience and concern this has caused to its valued customers and other stakeholders in Japan,” the automaker said in a statement.
Vehicles produced in Japan for export to other markets were not impacted by the matter.