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BUSINESS: Mitsubishi Motors admits covering up 26 other auto defects to avoid recalls

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posted on Jun, 3 2004 @ 01:58 AM

Mitsubishi Motors admits to hiding over 26 defects in its cars from regulators for years in order to avoid costly recalls of its vehicles. The automaker announced it would start recalling affected cars which are estimated to be about 160,000.

Mitsubishi Motors admits covering up 26 other auto defects to avoid recalls
The automaker said Wednesday it would immediately start recalling the affected cars, estimated at over 160,000 and most of them sold in Japan. The newly discovered problems are the latest to taint Mitsubishi since it acknowledged in 2000 that it had systematically covered up auto defects for more than two decades and issued massive recalls for the vehicles affected.

In 2000, however, Mitsubishi Motors only made public and issued recalls for four of the defects, even though it had discovered about 30.

A special investigative team the automaker set up last month as a part of a new revival plan disclosed the additional problems, the company said.

"We conducted a thorough probe back to 1993, the earliest possible date we could study," said Yoichiro Okazaki, the president of Mitsubishi Motors, at a hastily called news conference. "We apologize deeply for damaging public and consumer trust by failing to conduct recalls before and also for carrying them out now for problems rooted in the past."

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