After admitting to fuel efficiency test irregularities dating back as much as two decades, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has established a special investigation committee to establish precisely what happened. As things stand the committee is made up entirely of external members. Mitsubishi admitted “Improper conduct in fuel consumption testing” on 20 April 2016.
The investigation committee is made up of: committee chair, Keiichi Watanabe (former Superintending Prosecutor, Tokyo High Prosecutors Office); Yoshiro Sakata, Attorney at Law; and Genta Yoshino, Attorney at Law
The committee has three goals: to uncover the facts surrounding the matter, including review of related documents and data, and interviews with the related people; to “confirm the existence of other improper conduct similar to the matter, and uncover the facts, if it does”; and finally “analysis of the cause of the matter, and a suggestion on measures to prevent recurrence”.
The committee will investigate for roughly three months, before reporting on the results. Mitsubishi says it “plans to disclose the report in timely manner”.