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Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors is being accused of neglecting a seatbelt defect that may have caused a death in a rollover accident in a product liability trial opening in the U.S. Monday.

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Well, as dshane said the other day after Isuzu announced their departure from the US market..."one down, how many more to go?" I think just about eveyone here knows I could care less if Mitsu went down. I have had serious issues with their designs of their cars, parts availability, dealer network, etc. Unfortunate that people have to die to bring such deficiencies to light.
 

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Mitsubishi Motors' reputation has been battered by a scandal over the systematic cover-up of auto defects that subsequently resulted in massive recalls.

The scandal surfaced in 2000, when the company acknowledged it had hidden defects for decades, secretly repairing them without proper recalls despite reports of dozens of accidents.

That part of the article jumped out at me. Toyota seems to do the same thing. It is probably a corporate culture that you find in all of the Japanese based automakers. It just hasn't caught up to them all....yet.
 

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Mitsubishi Motors' reputation has been battered by a scandal over the systematic cover-up of auto defects that subsequently resulted in massive recalls.

The scandal surfaced in 2000, when the company acknowledged it had hidden defects for decades, secretly repairing them without proper recalls despite reports of dozens of accidents.

That part of the article jumped out at me. Toyota seems to do the same thing. It is probably a corporate culture that you find in all of the Japanese based automakers. It just hasn't caught up to them all....yet.
The difference is that Toyota fixes them before NHTSA demands a recall. It looks better for PR.
 
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