October 2, 2017 / 2:50 AM / in 20 days

Nissan shares fall 5 pct after safety inspection failures

* Shares fall more than 5 pct to lowest since April

* Nissan suspends registrations on around 60,000 new vehicles

* Exact number of affected vehicles unknown -Nissan

* Govt probe found final checks made by unqualified personnel

TOKYO, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Shares in Nissan Motor Co fell sharply on Monday after the Japanese automaker said tens of thousands of vehicles had been produced without proper safety checks, raising the possibility of a wide-scale recall. Nissan said it has temporarily suspended registrations of around 60,000 new vehicles after Japanese government checks found that unqualified personnel had carried out final safety checks at six domestic factories, including group company plants.

Nissan’s shares fell as much as 5.3 percent to 1,054.5 yen in early trade on Monday, their lowest since April, before paring losses. The wider Nikkei average was flat.

At a press conference on Friday, Nissan could not say from when the inappropriate checks had been carried out, or the total number of vehicles that could be affected.

The automaker said it has temporarily suspended registrations while it re-inspects affected vehicles, adding that a third party will take part in its internal investigation.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, which carried out the checks, said on Friday it has asked Nissan to report measures to prevent a recurrence by the end of October. (Reporting by Thomas Wilson; Editing by Christopher Cushing)

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