The importance of having your car checked every once in a while is to prevent problems in the future. Regular car check-up and tuning is as important as a person who undergoes annual physical examination to test for minor glitches and to prevent further injuries.
As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. And just like humans, there are also some cars that were already born with defects. Some companies have recalled their products while others wait until someone notices these anomalies.
It was not until the year 2000 when authorities found out that there were some Mitsubishi models that had several defects. Several investigations were made until authorities found out that the Japanese automaker was covering up their mistakes.
All these mistakes dated back to 1977 and Mitsubishi kept mum about these defects. These were not just ordinary scratches on the paint job or dent on the bodies, but it was as life-threatening as failing brakes, malfunctioning clutches and worst of all, fuel leaks. Mitsubishi tried to avoid all these issues but finally admitted the cover up in 2004. Its then company president stepped down from his position and was later on arrested for being part of the cover up. But it seems like Mitsubishi did not learn from experience.
Recently, Bloomberg reported another anomaly surrounding the Japanese automaker. Mitsubishi has admitted that it manipulated the test data of 625,000 models “in order to improve fuel economy claims”. But things turn from bad to worse, as Nissan is also involved in the scandal.
Some of the vehicles involved were supplied to Nissan as part of some previous deal they had with Mitsubishi. There are still ongoing investigations as to how Mitsubishi managed to manipulate the data but authorities are suspecting that the company tinkered with the load that is placed inside the tires of four different and unnamed models. This made it appear that the fuel economy is better than it is supposed to have. It is sort of like old school cheating, an “analog” cheating of sorts.
What’s even more bothersome is that Mitsubishi’s shares on the Tokyo Stock exchange have gone remarkably low because of the controversies and scandals that have enveloped it.
Mitsubishi will soon give updates on these issues and hopefully all will be well (both for the company and current Mitsubishi vehicle owners). It’s sad that the company, which is currently struggling to get a hold of U.S. market, is now facing a great deal of controversies. Let’s hope for the best for everyone and pray that this isn’t happening with other automakers.