Mitsubishi Fuso recalls formally announced

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Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. on Tuesday formally announced two vehicle recalls in connection with its recent disclosure that it failed to issue recalls in relation to 43 defects in the past.

One of the recalls concerns the AeroBus and AeroQueen sightseeing buses, of which the automaker has produced a total 266 vehicles. The buses have defective propeller shafts, which have caused two accidents. No injuries have been reported.

In both accidents, the propeller shafts came off and damaged cars traveling behind the buses. The accidents happened in January 2000 in Shizuoka Prefecture and July 2002 in Hyogo Prefecture.

The two models were made between December 1991 and April 2002. The company has received nine customer complaints about the defects.

The other recall concerns the automaker’s Canter small trucks, of which 418 units have been produced. The model has a defective fuel tank that could crack and become detached.

The Canter model, made between February 1997 and May 2002, has been used exclusively to transport cash. No accidents caused by the defects have been reported.

Fuso, spun off from Mitsubishi Motors Corp. in January 2003, said Monday it has found 43 defects that should have resulted in recalls. The defects were among 159 defects the company has discovered during a review of safety-related cases dating back to 1982.

The 159 defects include 62 newly discovered defects that were announced by Mitsubishi Fuso on Monday.

Among the 43 defects, four cases were announced May 20. Mitsubishi Fuso, 65 percent owned by DaimlerChrysler AG, plans to launch four improvement-repair campaigns.