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Report: Japanese authorities search Subaru headquarters

Japanese regulatory officials searched Subaru Corp.'s headquarters May 16 after the carmaker admitted that mileage and emissions data for new vehicles was rigged at one of its plants, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said it will question senior officials of the company about revelations made by Subaru in April and determine a further course of action, according to the report.

Company employees manipulated essential data in the final inspection process for new cars, which includes fuel economy, at a plant in Ota, Japan, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.

The data manipulation affected 903 vehicles across all nine Subaru models and began in 2002, the news outlet reported, citing the company.

Last year, the company saw a massive domestic recall after it discovered that improper procedures were followed for final inspections of new vehicles, the report said.