Subaru Opens Investigation into Mileage Cheating

Subaru said it was investigating whether its inspectors may have falsified vehicle mileage readings during final inspections conducted on cars sold in Japan.

Subaru said that while mileage readings did not fall under vehicle safety requirements, it was looking to see whether any possible fabrication could hurt its official mileage readings and if any exported models may have been affected.

This news follows Subaru’s revelation in October that uncertified staff had been for decades carrying out final checks on new cars sold in the domestic market. The company this week vowed to improve oversight, but it did not mention any probe into mileage readings at the time.

On Wednesday, Subaru said some inspectors had told external investigators that mileage data had been altered on some sample models tested during the final checking process.

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