Employees with a Sense of Justice
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation failed in observing officially specified procedures in measuring fuel consumption.
Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said it manipulated mileage test data for its minicars sold in Japan, resulting in 620,000 vehicles produced in the past three years getting labeled more fuel efficient than they actually are.
The tests overstated fuel efficiency by 5 percent to 10 percent, and Mitsubishi Motors said it’s investigating who’s responsible. The company said the violation may result in the Japanese automaker having to pay back government tax rebates for the vehicles, of which 468,000 were supplied to Nissan Motor Co.
Mitsubishi Motors’ shares fell 15 percent for the biggest decline in more than a decade in Tokyo trading, cutting its market value to 721 billion yen ($6.6 billion). The company’s manipulation of tests will further intensify scrutiny of the auto industry after Volkswagen AG’s admission last year that it had rigged diesel models with software to meet U.S. emissions standards.
In investigation conducted after the exposure of the violation of the official rule, managers related to development of the cars concerned all denied their responsibility, saying that they had not been aware of or informed of the illegal practice in measuring fuel consumption. They claimed that staff in charge happened to adopt a convenient way of measurement.
However, it was found that, several years prior to the exposure of this problem, a young staff member, in his second year after graduation from a university at the time, gave a warning to the managers in a meeting.
According to the official procedure, a car should be first controlled to run at 90 km/h and then it should be put into inertia force travelling to be decelerated to a speed of 20 km/h, while time should be measured at each time of deceleration of 10 km/h.
But in reality, they controlled a car first so as to run at 150 km/h, and then it was put into inertia force travelling to be decelerated to 10 km/h, while the rate of slowing down was measured at every second.
The former way of a measurement test needs more costs and time in implementing the test.
Before this meeting, the young worker had been told by another staff member, several years older, who was assigned to guide him in workshop, that the company had not followed the officially specified procedures. And this senior staff had also said that he had given a warning to managers but they had not accepted it; he had also suggested that the young staff should also give a warning to the managers. So, the young worker had pointed at this issue in the technical meeting with the managers. But, these managers had not actively responded.
In the investigation, those managers said that they had no memory of having received the warning from the young staff member.
The point at issue is that no all the employees of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation were bad. There are some staff having a sense of justice.
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