Saturday, February 2, 2008
As I previously noted, a former Mitsubishi president was convicted in Japanese criminal court in the aftermath of the discovery of massive and long-standing coverups of safety defects. That story is continuing in Florid, where a trial started this week over the death of a 25-year-old college student. His family alleges that the seatbelt in the Mitsubishi SUV had too much slack, resulting in his ejection and death.
The Post story does not indicate any direct connection between the defects that had been covered up by the company and the seatbelt design, but the plaintiffs' attorney signaled an intent to make such a connection, saying that he believed the death could have been avoided had the company "properly dealt with defects."