MMC didn’t tell owner of burned truck about recall


Mitsubishi Motors Corp. failed to tell a delivery company that one of its trucks that caught fire in December was subject to a recall, sources close to the case said Sunday.

MMC insisted it was not responsible for the incident and did not pay any compensation, the sources said. The Super Great truck was made in 1996 by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp.

As the delivery company bought the truck secondhand, it did not know it was subject to a recall in 2000 concerning an electrical wiring problem linking the cabin and the back of the truck, they said.

On Dec. 18, the truck caught fire in Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture, and was destroyed after its driver jumped out after noticing smoke emerge from the engine.

According to an official in charge of maintenance at the delivery company, MMC never referred to the recall. MMC initially told the Yamaguchi prefectural highway police that the fire was possibly caused by a cigarette.

MMC later said a bad connection in electrical wiring in the cabin due to modifications made in the past by a driver may have been the cause, according to the official.