Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Nissan admits falsifying emissions data, regrets 'misconduct'

Nissan admits falsifying emissions data, regrets 'misconduct'

The automaker said it had been "proactively carrying out comprehensive compliance checks of various parts of its operations" since the September 2017 discovery of "nonconformities in the final vehicle inspection process" at its Japanese plants.

Nissan has admitted that it falsified tests on exhaust emissions for its vehicles built throughout Japan.

Reuters reports that both Nissan and sister brand Renault's shares have fallen since the announcement.

Performance of exhaust emissions and fuel economy tests that deviated from the prescribed testing environment.

Nissan Motor said on Monday it had improperly measured exhaust emissions and fuel economy for 19 vehicle models sold in Japan, the second case in less than a year where misconduct has been discovered in its inspection processes.

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"Nissan understands and regrets the concern and inconvenience caused to stakeholders as a result of its [inspection process] issues past year. Proactive initiatives to prevent recurrence of such issues have led to the discovery of this misconduct, for which the company is regretful", the firm said in its statement. It does state that a full and comprehensive investigation meant to bring to light the causes and background of this behavior are underway, led by Japanese law firm Nishimura and Asahi.

Currently, it's believed that Nissan's issues are down to error rather than an attempt at improving emissions ratings, but until a full investigation is completed it can not be known how this error took place.

The issue was discovered during voluntary compliance checks it launched following last year's vehicle inspection scandal, and affects models including the Note, the subcompact hatchback which is Nissan's top-selling model in Japan, and the Juke SUV crossover.

Nissan has clarified that none of its cars strays from its advertised fuel economy and emissions figures and that it will continue to search for areas of non-compliance, taking the necessary steps if more are uncovered.

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