Subaru vows to bolster training, compliance after inspection scandal

Subaru CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said on Tuesday the company regrets how it handled final inspections in Japan. Photo credit: Reuters

TOKYO — Subaru Corp. vowed to improve oversight of its final inspections after revealing uncertified staff carried out tests of new cars for the domestic market for decades, the latest in a slew of scandals to rock Japan’s manufacturing industry.

In October, Subaru revealed that uncertified technicians took part in final inspections at domestic plants for over 30 years. It also said some staff had cheated on tests to certify as technicians for the final inspections.

Subaru said last month it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and forecast 20 billion yen ($177 million) in related costs.

In its latest report to the government, Subaru said it would improve training for and monitoring of final inspections, and communicate the importance of compliance to staff.

The automaker said the root of the problem was that management and staff did not fully appreciate the importance of the final inspections.

“We regret that, despite understanding the social demand for an emphasis on compliance, and the increased influence we have through our social presence, we had problems of compliance, carrying out inappropriate final inspections,” it said.

CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the report. 

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