Japan’s Subaru Corp. to issue recall on cars checked by uncertified inspectors

TOKYO, Oct. 31 — Subaru Corp. announced on Monday it would move
to recall around 255,000 vehicles next week after it was revealed that
final vehicle inspections had been carried out by uncertified staff.

The recall will be applicable to the firm’s whole range of 12 models that
have been selling over the past three years, the Tokyo-based automaker
said. Subaru owners who have had their vehicles inspected as per the law
and prior to delivery being made will have their vehicles exempt from next
week’s recall. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and
Tourism, following talks with Subaru, will issue the recall, which will not
apply to mini-vehicles produced by Daihatsu Motor Co. The results of an
internal probe were reported to the ministry on Monday, with the probe
launched after it came to light that uncertified staff had been carrying
out inspections at two of its plants in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo.
The probe revealed that the practice had been going on for around 30 years
at the embattled automaker.Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told a press
conference on Friday that the inspection malpractice was conducted in a
systematic manner. – XINHUA