Nissan has recalled 1.2 million vehicles in Japan as the vehicles were not inspected by authorized technicians before leaving the factory.
The recall affects all Nissan vehicles sold in Japan since 2014. According to Reuters, the cars were not properly inspected before they left the automaker’s factory. Nissan CEO CEO Hiroto Saikawa said it will investigate why the vehicles were inspected and will hire a third party company to further investigate the matter.
“We must take the registration framework and procedures seriously, regardless of how busy we may be or how short-staffed we may be,” Saikawa told Reuters in a conference. “We apologize for the inconvenience caused to our customers.”
In addition to the millions of consumer cars, the recall also affects 60,000 vehicles that were stockpiled at its various plants and dealer lots around Japan. The issue was first brought to the automaker attention by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism following an inspection earlier this month. It’s currently not clear if the safety inspections were invalid due to an accidental oversight or if it was a purposeful act.