In September, Nissan revealed that final inspections on up to 1.2 million of its vehicles were carried out by unauthorized technicians. The employees in question were only in training for the position and not yet qualified to do such checks.
At first the scandal resulted in Nissan recalling all domestically produced vehicles that were manufactured over the past three years. After believing the problem had been rectified, the automaker soon learned its processes were still against regulation at select plants, causing the company to suspend all domestic vehicle production in mid-October.
Nissan has reported that it has worked closely with the MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport) to ensure that its vehicle inspections are in compliance. After making the necessary corrections in documentation and standard operating procedure, MLIT signed off on the approval for the automaker’s process, and production has now resumed 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 is planning to take corrective measures to ensure that vehicles will be inspected properly, including re-educating and examining existing employees. Production is expected to resume soon at the remaining plant, in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, operated by a group company.