Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will declare an end to problems resulting from its vehicle defect coverups when it releases the final results of its in-house investigation Thursday, according to MMC Vice Chairman Koji Furukawa.

Although a lot of dealerships want MMC to declare its motor vehicles safe, it should not make “an easy declaration of safety” in a bid to regain public trust, Furukawa said recently. He is in charge of legal compliance at the scandal-tainted automaker.

MMC has been undertaking “thorough” internal investigations into such issues as the reasons for repeated defect coverups, he said.

Recruited from trading house Mitsubishi Corp. to help revive MMC, Furukawa said the automaker lacked a system through which different sections could share information.

Workers found it difficult to smoothly carry out their work because MMC carried out top management changes every year or two, he said.

Referring to DaimlerChrysler AG, which refused to provide additional financial support to MMC as fresh scandals continued to mount, Furukawa complained that the automaker “thoroughly forced its German management system” on MMC.

DaimlerChrysler was MMC’s biggest shareholder.

President Carlos Ghosn, who came from French automaker Renault SA to handle the revival of Nissan Motor Co., “has adopted the Japanese style of management” that values opinions from the rank and file, Furukawa claimed.

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