On the other
side of the world, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp.
is inspecting its large trucks for free after 23 cases of tires
falling off were reported in Japan. According to the Associated
Press, one of the accidents resulted in the death of a pedestrian.
inspections announced Tuesday will affect more than 120,000 vehicles,
company spokesman Tetsuro Miyano reportedly told AP. The automaker
is checking on whether any were sold overseas.
to the AP story, the reported problems with its truck tires are
a severe blow to the image of Mitsubishi Motors, which has been
trying to turn around its ailing business with partner DaimlerChrysler
AG of Germany. Mitsubishi sales in Japan plummeted two summers
ago following a recall scandal and only recently recovered. The
AP story said Japanese consumer trust in the automaker was shaken
because Mitsubishi acknowledged it had covered up reports of auto
defects for decades to avoid recalls.
recounted that earlier this month, a tire fell off a large Mitsubishi
truck in Yokohama and fatally crushed a 29-year-old housewife.
The child with her was injured. The causes are currently under