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Nissan to recall 150,000 vehicles after another improper check found

Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will recall around 150,000 vehicles in Japan as another improper inspection was found even after the company a few months ago vowed to tighten quality control and prevent a recurrence in a final report on a series of improper checks.

The automaker will re-inspect the braking and steering systems, and speedometer of 11 models including the Note and March compacts as well as the Leaf electric hatchback built at two of its domestic assembly plants between November last year and October this year.

Nissan said it will report the plan to the transport ministry next Thursday.

The latest recall comes despite a final report compiled in September on measures to strengthen compliance after a string of improper practices had been reported since last year.

Its governance has been under scrutiny following the recent arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn for alleged understating of remuneration in securities reports.

Nissan said in September last year it found uncertified employees had checked vehicles for years, leading it to recall over 1 million vehicles sold in Japan.

The automaker then admitted in July this year to fabricating exhaust emission and fuel economy data on vehicles for the domestic market.

Nissan is among several major Japanese companies recently found to have fabricated product data, including Kobe Steel Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corp.

Subaru Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp., Mazda Motor Corp. and Yamaha Motor Co. also reported improper fuel-economy inspections in August.

Nissan is in the midst of a management transition after last month removing Ghosn, who had saved the company from near bankruptcy with his strong leadership, from the chairman post following his arrest. The company said it had conducted a months-long internal probe after a whistle-blower report and found that the former leader engaged in «significant acts of misconduct.»

He was arrested by Tokyo prosecutors on Nov. 19 on suspicion of violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange Act by reporting only 5 billion yen of his 10 billion yen compensation package during the five years from fiscal 2010.

Ghosn has denied the allegation, according to investigative sources.

All — Kyodo News+

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