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Nissan hit by new inspection scandal after Ghosn arrest: Report

AFP  |  Tokyo 

plans to conduct another recall to "improper" tests on new vehicles, a newspaper said Thursday, dealing a fresh blow to the Japanese following the shock arrest of former

The latest issue was uncovered after transport ministry officials conducted on-site inspections at Nissan's major assembly plants, said.

Several employees admitted they carried out "improper" tests on brake and other systems before shipment, the newspaper said, without specifying how many cars were affected.

plans to make an announcement on the case later this month and is considering recalling any improperly tested, it added.

Immediate confirmation of the report was not available.

The manufacturer was forced to recall more than one million last year after admitting staff without proper authorisation had conducted final inspections on some units intended for the domestic market before they were shipped to dealers.

In a separate case that erupted in July, admitted data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately "altered", hampering its efforts to recover trust after the inspection scandal.

If confirmed, it would represent another blow to the company, which has been rocked since Ghosn was arrested on November 19 on allegations he under-reported his salary by millions of dollars over five years.

Ghosn denies any wrongdoing.

The ousted is expected to face a further accusation of under-reporting his salary by about four billion yen (USD 35.5 million) over the past three years, Japanese media reported.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 10:30 IST