TOKYO – Japanese automaker Subaru announced on Friday that it is planning to recall around 255,000 cars sold in Japan after admitting using uncertified workers for the safety inspections in two of its plants in the country.
The company, whose irregularity surfaced after an internal investigation, explained that it had failed to comply with the Japanese certification regulations for the past three decades in two of its plants, located in the central Gunma prefecture.
Subaru applied its own regulations, allowing the inspections to be carried out by personnel with technical expertise, but without the certification required by Japanese law, Subaru Corp’s President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said on Friday at a press conference.
The review could affect the Toyota 86, a sports car Toyota jointly manufactured with Subaru.
The cars to be recalled were sold in the last three years and have yet to undergo their first legally mandated checkup.
After the announcement, Subaru shares fell by more than 3 percent in the first half of trading on Friday at the Tokyo Stock Exchange and dropped 2.6 percent as the market closed.
Subaru’s admission followed the recall announcement made by the Japanese manufacturer Nissan earlier this month of its 1.2 million vehicles in Japan, after admitting irregularities in the safety inspections of some models.
The affected vehicles underwent safety checks by unqualified personnel, which was a failure in complying with Japanese regulations, according to Nissan, whose alliance with Renault led them to notch the world’s largest car sales numbers during the first half of the year.
Japanese car manufacturers are regulated to carry out inspections by certified workers to ensure that products fulfill safety requirements before the shipment.