TOKYO, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Subaru Corp. announced on Monday it would move to recall around 255,000 vehicles next week after it was revealed that final vehicle inspections had been carried out by uncertified staff.
The recall will be applicable to the firm's whole range of 12 models that have been selling over the past three years, the Tokyo-based automaker said.
Subaru owners who have had their vehicles inspected as per the law and prior to delivery being made will have their vehicles exempt from next week's recall.
The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, following talks with Subaru, will issue the recall, which will not apply to mini-vehicles produced by Daihatsu Motor Co.
The results of an internal probe were reported to the ministry on Monday, with the probe launched after it came to light that uncertified staff had been carrying out inspections at two of its plants in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo.
The probe revealed that the practice had been going on for around 30 years at the embattled automaker.
Subaru President Yasuyuki Yoshinaga told a press conference on Friday that the inspection malpractice was conducted in a systematic manner.