Mitsubishi Fuso and Motors Recalls
"Whenever something goes wrong with their cars, customers suspect a defect cover-up. I feel like I'm sitting on a bed of thorns." - A Mitsubishi Motors dealer's representative [Asahi]
" One of the problems is not necessarily their PR but the corporate culture of these companies. I think some do not tell the truth from the very beginning. Even if the PR section knows, they are not allowed to tell. These problems keep growing until the police come into the picture. Then suddenly they want their agencies or in-house PR sections to go ahead with counteractive PR measures." - Sakae Ohashi, President and CEO, Kyodo Public Relations, in a Japan Today interview commenting on corporations in general.
"It is simply too horrible that for years and years reported defects were shrugged off and squelched. The problem has highlighted the worst in corporate governance at Japan's top companies. International credibility has been lost not only at Mitsubishi but at all Japanese companies." - Takashi Nomura, professor of public policy at Tokushima Bunri University.
June 14, 2004. Daily Yomiuri reported that the company will be recalling 450,000 trucks and buses for 39 defects it failed to acknowledge in 2000. It is waiting for the availablity of replacement parts. This makes it 155 revealed defects for models between 1992 and March of 2004. The flaws are in fuel tanks, oil leaks from gearboxes and leaks of exhaust gas due to defects in exhaust pipes. Four accidents were caused by these defects resulting in injuries such as broken bones or whiplash. 8 vehicle fires were caused in which 13 vehicles were totally destroyed. In 56 cases smoke came up.
June 14, 2004. According to Mainichi Shimbun, Mitsubishi Fuso today announced that it covered up 62 more defects in past. This adds up to 159 cover ups of its vehicles since 1989. The company's board, including President Wilfried Porth, have decided to take major salary cuts in reaction to this, up to 50%, with the funds going to the Foundation for Orphans from Automobile Accidents.
Month and year issued, Mitsubishi models affected, and a brief text concerning defect/recall follows for each.:
About 9,800 trucks and buses manufactured between 1982 and 2002 recalled.
About 2,600 vehicles manufactured between 1994-1995 to be recalled for faulty wheel hubs. Involves new hub type assured earlier by Fuso to be safe and defect-free.
About 54,000 vehicles to be recalled.
About 49,000 vehicles to be recalled. Number of injured stands at 16.
Part of plan to recall 156,474 units of 19 vehicle models to repair 26 faults by the end of July.
450,000 recalled. It failed to acknowledge these defects in 2000.
No details available now.
No details available now.
Planning to recall.
Re-recall of abut 1000 minivehicles.
Just an ordinary recall for defective rear-wheel shaft, bumpers and signal indicators.
MMC knew about these too for a long time.
Clutch problem can cause loss of control. Killed one person in 2002. May 2004.
When the engine is not warmed up enough, the 1.5 ton Canter Guts trucks could start rolling even if the brake pedal is pressed down
Rear-wheel hubs are thinner than usual and could rupture.
Recent models - wheels falling off here too.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck - Several Years
Wheels were falling off because hubs were breaking off, as the company now seems to admit, partly because of design flaw.
TOS + Privacy + Copyrights + Sitemap
Copyright 2004-2006 Kamal Sinha
(Last Updated: March, 2005.)