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Mitsubishi Fuso lists 111 more defect cases

Scandal-tainted Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. on Wednesday revealed an additional 111 vehicle defect cases that were dealt with without submitting recall reports to the government.
The latest discovery stems from Mitsubishi Fuso's expanded investigation into its past quality issues dating back to the 1970s, the automaker said.

The investigation also turned up seven cases left unattended.

In June, the automaker released a list of 159 unreported defect cases dating back to 1992, coming up with 47 defects requiring repairs by the automaker. The 47 cases were reported to the government for a recall by last October.

Mitsubishi Fuso said it will submit recall reports for 17 of the 118 remaining cases to the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry. The defects in the 17 cases, including brake malfunctions and fuel leaks, led to two accidents that resulted in injuries, it said.

In the first of the two accidents, the driver of a dump truck was injured in Gifu Prefecture in December 1987 when his vehicle rolled over after its wheel shaft became loose.

In the other accident, which occurred in September 1995 in Takatsuki, Osaka Prefecture, the propeller shaft of a trailer truck came loose, causing the truck to hit four cars stopped at a traffic signal.

The team also investigated about 100 separate cases, for which field fixes had been deemed unnecessary, and found that 20 of them were serious enough to be subject to recalls.

Mitsubishi Fuso will notify the ministry of its intention to recall a total of about 167,000 vehicles in a total of 37 defect cases.

Mired in a series of vehicle defect coverup scandals, Mitsubishi Fuso has been investigating its past wrongdoings to regain consumer trust.

The coverups led to fatalities. In January 2002, a 29-year-old woman was killed and her two sons injured when they were hit by a wheel that came off a large Mitsubishi truck with a faulty wheel hub in Yokohama.

In another case, a 39-year-old truck driver was killed when he lost control of his vehicle due to brake damage.

The Japan Times: Feb. 3, 2005
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