Nissan Motor has become the latest Japanese automaker to admit to falsifying product-quality data, dealing a further blow to Japan Inc.’s reputation for dependable quality.
An internal review of emissions and fuel economy tests at Nissan’s production plants in Japan showed that company inspectors used “altered measurement values” on emissions inspection reports, the company said in a statement on Monday. The tests also “deviated from the prescribed testing environment,” it said.
The review found that all models except the Nissan GT-R, a two-door sports car, complied with Japanese safety standards, although Nissan did not disclose further information about that model. The company said the falsification problems ultimately did not affect fuel-economy findings.