Subaru Headquarters Searched in Probe of Falsified Data

May 16, 2018 at 12:26 AM

Subaru Corp.’s headquarters in Tokyo were searched by Japanese regulatory officials earlier today after the carmaker admitted it falsified fuel economy and emission data, The Nikkei reports.

Subaru reported the wrongdoing late last month, estimating the cheating affected about 900 vehicles. The report says final inspectors at the company’s assembly plant in Ota were told to adjust figures to reach necessary averages required by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism.

The scandal follows Subaru’s admission last October that it allowed uncertified employees to conduct safety inspections of new cars. The company eventually recalled 255,000 cars to reinspect them. The affair has prompted Subaru to announce it will replace its chairman, president and two other board members in June.