110,000 vehicles hit by Mitsubishi Fuso recall

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2 February 2005 , TOKYO - DaimlerChrysler AG's Japanese offshoot, Mitsubishi Fuso said on Wednesday a total of 110,000 trucks and buses were subject for recall due to defects. The Japanese company hopes the new recall will mark an end to a string of quality problems that have plagued the Japanese automaker. A Mitsubishi Fuso spokeswoman said the company had carried out previous recalls on 849,000 vehicles. The company had found 41 cases of defects among the 110,000 cars that were subject for the latest

2 February 2005   

TOKYO - DaimlerChrysler AG's Japanese offshoot, Mitsubishi Fuso said on Wednesday a total of 110,000 trucks and buses were subject for recall due to defects.

The Japanese company  hopes the new recall will mark an end to a string of quality problems that have plagued the Japanese automaker.

A Mitsubishi Fuso spokeswoman said the company had carried out previous recalls on 849,000 vehicles.

The company had found 41 cases of defects among the 110,000 cars that were subject for the latest recall. No deaths have been reported due to the defects, although 13 accidents resulting in fire or broken objects were reported, the official said.

Mitsubishi Fuso President and CEO Wilfried Porth said after the new recall no additional difficulties with quality issues were expected.

DaimlerChrysler acquired a 65 percent stake in Mitsubishi Fuso from Mitsubishi Motors for about YEN 140 billion (EUR 1.0 billion) in March last year.

However, after the acquisition, Mitsubishi's past defect cover-up attempts on Fuso vehicles came to light. The firm allegedly hid parts' defects systematically for many years in order to avoid costly recalls.

Six Mitsubishi executives have been arrested in connection with the cover up, and the company's sales have fallen off sharply.

DaimlerChrysler officially notified Mitsubishi Motors last June that it was considering demanding compensation claiming that these improprieties have greatly eroded the stock's value.

DPA

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