Mitsubishi ScandalsA whale!/ Down it goes, and more and more/ up goes its tail! - Yosa Buson (1716-84)
July 8, 2004. Shizuoka, Japan.A Mitsubishi Fuso truck caught fire in Iwata, Shizuoka Prefecture, partially burning its bed and two refrigerator. The incident happened near Iwai tollgate on the National Highway No. 1.(Kyodo News)
June 16, 2004. Daily Yomiuri repoted that the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has suspended its certification of three Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus plants. Japan Gas Appliances Inspection Association (JIA), an ISO examination body in Japan. made this decision. ISO 9001 is a global certification for providers of quality goods and services.
June 23, 2004. TOKYO. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corp. announced that there were six accidents last week involving their vehicles killing three drivers. Mitsubishi Motors Corp confirmed incidents involving its cars resulted in injuries to nine people after combing 56,000 records of vehicle defects retained by its dealers dating back to March 1986. (Kyodo news)
June 25, 2004. Asahi Shimbun reported that the National Police Agency has instructed police in Tokyo and nine prefectures to reopen investigations into 13 accidents involving Mitsubishi vehicles. The accidents were reported between April 1994 and February this year in Kanagawa, Osaka, Hyogo, Ehime, Nara and Miyagi prefectures and elsewhere. It includes a fatal accident in October 2002 in Kumage, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in which a refrigerator truck lost control and crashed. The driver was thrown from the vehicle and died. It is now suspected that the truck's clutch was defective which damaged the brakes, which resulted in the driver losing control of his vehicle while in motion.
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