Nissan Loses ISO Quality Management Certification for Domestic Output

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Japan Economic Newswire

November 15, 2017

Nissan Motor Co.ís factories in Japan have lost their international quality management certification for domestic production after the carmaker was found to have continued using uncertified workers to conduct final checks on its vehicles even after the problem first surfaced in September, according to certification agencies.

ISO 9001 certificates on quality management systems for Nissanís six domestic assembly plants were revoked as of Oct. 31 following on-site inspections, the agencies said, raising fears that the credibility of Nissan vehicles could suffer.

However, the factories, which are located in Tochigi, Kanagawa, Kyoto and Fukuoka prefectures, maintain ISO certification for production for overseas markets. The certificates issued by the Switzerland-based International Organization for Standardization are an assurance of quality control to a certain level.

The improper car checks at Nissan first came to light on Sept. 18 following an inspection by the transport ministry, prompting the automaker to admit on Sept. 29 that uncertified workers had been conducting final car checks in violation of government regulations.

Nissan suspended car shipments and production at all six domestic assembly plants on Oct. 19 after finding that uncertified workers continued to perform the checks even after the violation was revealed, prompting the company to issue a massive recall of domestic vehicles.

Since the malpractice surfaced, Nissan has recalled for re-inspection around 1.2 million vehicles it sold in Japan. Operations and shipments at all six domestic plants have resumed as of Nov. 8 after the automaker said it has implemented preventive measures.

Nissan is expected to report soon to the transport ministry on the cause of the breach of the rules and steps to prevent a recurrence.

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