March 11 , 2004
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck&Bus Corporation
Communication team

Announcement for recall campaign of MFTBC

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck&Bus Corporation (MFTBC) today announced that it will extend its earlier quality initiative by implementing a recall campaign for all heavy duty trucks and buses of model year 1996 and before. During this recall campaign the front wheel hubs of these vehicles will be replaced to avoid the risk of a wheel detachment. The recall campaign will cover those vehicles whose hubs have already been replaced by Mitsubishi Fuso during an earlier voluntary safety inspection campaign started on January 22, 2002. For most of these vehicles, the front wheel hub has already been replaced during this safety inspection campaign.

By implementing a recall campaign, MFTBC aims to further accelerate the exchange of front wheel hubs of approximately 1,300 remaining vehicles. MFTBC also decided to file a recall campaign and exchange the front wheel hubs for vehicle types of the above mentioned time-period, which were not included in the earlier safety inspection campaign. This is done in the utmost interest of safety. The same policy will be applied to overseas markets.

The decision for these recall campaign is based on the same safety-first philosophy that brought about the voluntary safety inspection campaign in 2002. Since MFTBC started with a new management team in 2003, the company was able to improve its analysis method of the root cause by systematically using the expertise and employing new instruments with its alliance partner DaimlerChrysler. This new systematic approach concluded that under specific driving conditions not only inadequate maintenance but also the hub design might lead to a crack occurrence. This can result in a detachment of the wheel.

By taking affirmative measures such as this recall initiative and responding to increased public expectations of superior road safety, MFTBC strives for maximum transparency in disclosing safety related facts. The company is fully committed to implement any measures necessary to ensure maximum road safety in the future.