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Inspection scandals hit production at Nissan, Subaru

Temporary factory closures to rectify errors expected to hurt sales

Nissan's overseas shipments have also been hurt by its response to the auto inspection scandal.

TOKYO -- Production suffered at automakers Nissan Motor and Subaru in November thanks to inspection scandals that forced a halt to domestic shipments and slowdowns needed to retrain workers.

Nissan's domestic production for November sank 42.9% on the year to 59,227 units, the company said Wednesday, following a 13.6% year-on-year drop in October. Nissan restarted production and shipments for domestic cars at all six of its Japanese plants as of Nov. 8 after taking measures to prevent recurrences, such as restricting access to final inspection areas to qualified employees. But the plants are producing cars at a slower pace until workers master the rules.

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