Nissan cites staff shortage for improper tests, plans more inspectors

Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. on Friday blamed a lack of 'trained staff'for improper final inspections at its car plants in Japan for over 20 years, and said it would increase the number of inspectors as part of a plan to improve compliance. Last month, Nissan recalled 1.2 million vehicles, including all passenger cars produced for sale in Japan over the past three years, after discovering that uncertified inspectors were for decades signing off on vehicle checks required by the transport ministry for cars sold in the country. The company did not give proper consideration to inspections when cutting staff, it said in a report outlining the findings as well as countermeasures that it submitted to the government. Domestic rival, Subaru Corp, has also been hit by compliance issues after it also admitted that it had not been following proper inspection issues going back around 30 years.