Mitsubishi Fuso Truck & Bus has begun another costly recall. The Japanese vehicle maker has said that it is to recall over 55,000 heavy-duty trucks, which should take over a year to complete and cost several billion yen.
The recall is to change wheel hubs following an accident towards the end of last year involving one of its Super Great trucks. The company said that the durability of the F2 and F0 hubs it was currently using were eroded mainly because mechanics at Mitsubishi Fuso-affiliated dealers’ garages fastened their bolts too tightly. It wants to replace those hubs with stronger F3 hubs.
According to government recall reports, the recalled trucks were made between October 1990 and December 2005 and are five Super Great models plus three The Great models.
A number of the trucks called back in have been recalled before when their factory-original hubs were replaced by the F2 and F0 hubs.
The recall is the latest in a line of similar problems for Mitsubishi.
In 2005 the company was forced to file recall reports on defective vehicles and defect cover-ups found since March 2004. The report found that the number of vehicles subject to recall totalled 2.64m, the automaker said at the time.
A series of Mitsubishi cover-ups over defects came to light as a result of the death of a young mother in Yokohama in 2002 who was hit by a wheel that flew off a heavy Mitsubishi Fuso truck with a faulty hub.