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Suzuki takes $700m loss on sweeping recall in Japan

Automaker to recheck 2m cars after improper inspections

Suzuki's Sagara plant, southwest of Tokyo. The automaker's latest recall covers cars built in Japan over the past three years. (Photo by Yasuhiro Kenmochi)

TOKYO -- Suzuki Motor said on Friday it will book a roughly 80 billion yen ($714 million) loss stemming from the recall of about 2 million cars in Japan -- a full three years of sales in the country.

The announcement followed an additional investigation by the automaker into missteps, including data tampering, in final inspections of new cars built in Japan. Suzuki said it found cases in which improper testing was suspected.

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