Three weeks have passed since Nissan suspended production in their home market. They temporarily halted operations due to some irregularities found by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation (MLIT).
The issue stemmed from the vehicle inspection process wherein employees that were not registered with Nissan performed final checks to the cars that rolled off the affected plants. Approximately 34,000 vehicles were affected, produced between September 20 to October 18, 2017.
Nissan has since rectified the issue and has resumed production in six of their factories: Nissan Motor Kyushu, Oppama, Tochigi, Nissan Shatai Shonan, Nissan Shatai Kyushu and Kyoto Auto Works.
In their statement, Nissan said, '(From) Nov. 1 and Nov. 5, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism conducted on-site inspections at all plants except Nissan Shatai subsidiary Kyoto Auto Works. MLIT discovered inconsistencies between documentation submitted to it and the standard operating manuals for the plants'. They added that, following a third party investigation, the team discovered shortcomings in the internal registration process and education programs for final vehicle inspectors.
The company addressed the issue by re-educating personnel and re-examining inspection steps to 'ensure proper preparation for resuming vehicle production'. The MLIT has also approved the final vehicle inspection process for as long as the company implements the changes made to vehicle assembly. Nissan adds that they will be 'strengthening final vehicle inspection conformity' and implementing the more stringent inspection measures.