Japan ministry says unauthorised staff certified cars at 5 Nissan plants


TOKYO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Japanese Transport Minister Keiichi Ishii said on Friday that unauthorised technicians had been found certifying vehicles at five Nissan Motor Co plants that the ministry has been inspecting.

The unauthorised technicians included contract workers, Ishii told a news conference.

"It's extremely regrettable, causing anxiety for users and shaking the foundation of the certification system," he said.

Nissan has decided to recall all 1.2 million new passenger cars it sold in Japan over the past three years after discovering final vehicle inspections were not performed by authorised technicians.

Ishii said Nissan was expected to file the recall with the ministry on Friday afternoon.

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