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Tokyo seeks fines on Nissan and Subaru over emission data tampering

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese transport ministry on Wednesday requested courts impose a non-penal fine on Nissan Motor Co. and Subaru Corp. for tampering with emission data.

The requests to the district courts in Tokyo and Yokohama cover 454 Nissan vehicles and 278 Subaru cars. The fine, a form of administrative punishment, is 300,000 yen ($2,700) or less per vehicle when imposed on automakers violating the Road Transport Vehicle Act.

The move comes after the automakers admitted to fabricating exhaust emission and fuel economy data in their final vehicle checks. Earlier this year, Nissan paid a non-penal fine of 32.1 million yen for having uncertified factory staff inspect its vehicles for years, a road vehicle act violation that resulted in a recall of 1.14 million cars sold in Japan.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism also instructed Nissan to submit quarterly reports on measures to prevent improper inspection at factories after the company admitted earlier in the month that there were other cases of faulty vehicle checks, leading to a further recall for around 150,000 units in Japan.

Nissan said in a statement it will take steps to ensure legal compliance, while Subaru said it will continue to implement countermeasures to regain public trust.

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