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Nissan quality issues-AGAIN
TOKYO — Nissan on Thursday disclosed two new blows to its embattled management, as it announced a recall of 490,000 vehicles in Japan and disclosed that its shareholders remain split over its chief executive, Hiroto Saikawa.
The recall over an electrical issue is the second largest of nine this year and serves as a reminder that the troubled Japanese automaker suffers from quality as well as management issues. So far, Nissan has recalled more than 1.5 million vehicles in the first half of the year.
Nissan has faced challenges on different fronts. The November arrest of the company’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn for allegations of financial wrongdoing exposed huge dysfunction in its governance. It has also suffered from plunging profits and a string of quality scandals.
No deaths or injuries have been reported in relation to the electrical problem. Nissan said a fault in the electrical system could lead to a risk of fire in some Japanese models of vans and minivans, including the Serena, the NV200 van and Cube.
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The carmaker has suffered from quality issues in recent years. In 2017 it admitted that uncertified technicians had been conducting inspections of new vehicles, and last year it said inspectors falsified product-quality data.