M'bishi Elec. Unit's Quality Inspection Misconduct Unearthed

Economy

Tokyo, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--A subsidiary of Mitsubishi Electric Corp. <6503> has shipped rubber parts for industrial use without conducting required inspections, it was learned Wednesday.

The wholly owned unit, Tokan Corp., is also suspected of fabricating inspection data, informed sources said.

Tokan supplies most of its rubber products to the major electric appliance and machinery maker. But there are also direct customers, such as rolling stock makers, that are using parts falling short of quality standards the company pledged to them, according to the sources.

After receiving a report from the subsidiary, Mitsubishi Electric launched an investigation and started informing its customers of the possibility of products it had shipped containing affected parts.

Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture-based Tokan is believed to have begun committing the misconduct some 10 years ago, the sources said.

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