Nissan Files Lawsuit Against South Korea in Response to Emissions Cheating Accusation
John Kim, June 27, 2016, 12:04 p.m.
Nissan responded with a lawsuit against the government here Thursday after the Environment Ministry filed a criminal complaint against the Japanese automaker for allegedly manipulating car emissions and ordered a recall of Qashqai SUVs. Industry watchers believe Nissan filed the lawsuit to forestall global ramifications.
The Environment Ministry also halted sales of the Qashqai and fined the automaker US$286,000. Nissan denied the allegations and said the shutdown of emission sensors at temperatures of over 35 degrees is designed to prevent engines from overheating. But it pledged to work with the ministry to "minimize inconvenience" for customers and paid the fine.