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Subaru may face new scandal on claims of fake fuel data

Automaker seeks evidence of cheating following revelation of inspections by unqualified staff

Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Subaru is looking into whether fuel economy data was doctored during inspections of its finished cars prior to shipment, the automaker said Wednesday, sinking deeper into corporate Japan's bog of product-quality scandals.

In October, Subaru revealed that unqualified staff had conducted checks on finished vehicles for years. During hearings to probe that problem, some car inspectors apparently claimed that readings from fuel consumption tests were altered.

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