Nissan Recalls 150,000 Vehicles

Following the recent embarrassing arrest and indictment of Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn on major financial abuse charges, (underreporting millions of dollars in compensation on tax returns), on Friday, December 7th Nissan announced a recall of 150,000 2018 vehicles due to “inaccurate pass/fail judgments during the inspection process,” which may have allowed many of those vehicles to leave the factory with undetected problems involving important operational components such as brakes, speedometers and other critical vehicle safety systems. The recall covers ten models released between November, 2017 and October of this year. This recall is yet another ethical black eye for the giant Japanese manufacturer, which last year recalled over a million vehicles due to a similar admission that many final vehicle inspections were performed by unauthorized and unqualified personnel and then just a few months later admitted data alterations on reported exhaust emission and fuel economy statistics to cover up deficiencies.

All of this might seem shocking if it was not just another example of how pervasive corporate greed and indifference to public trust have become over the last twenty years. It really seems like nobody anywhere gives a damn about doing the right thing for the right reasons anymore. And, in particular, major corporations worldwide have become obsessed with quarterly profits to satisfy the short-term expectations of investors, at the complete expense of worker safety and health issues, pension security, corporate integrity, quality of product or any other longer, more meaningful standards. If you purchased a Nissan vehicle in the last year, please call your dealer to see if it is included in the recall. Merry Christmas everybody…