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Fuso admits mistakes in defect report

Scandal-tainted Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus Corp. said Friday that a vehicle-recall progress report released a day earlier contained incorrect information on the size of a truck defect.

Thursday’s report said cracks of between 10 cm and 11 cm were found on the clutch housings in three of its large trucks, but the housings were actually fractured, making the trucks inoperable, Mitsubishi Fuso said.

The company said the false information was reported by a senior quality control manager, who has since been removed from that position.

Although Thursday’s report said the clutch-housing cracks were found in the process of recalling large trucks, the fractures were actually found when two of the three trucks broke down while driving through Saitama and Shizuoka prefectures.

The vehicles had not undergone the repairs outlined by Mitsubishi Fuso in a recall notice submitted to the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry, it said.

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