Subject: [cwj 101] Mitsubishi Electric recalls televisions
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Date: Wed, 13 Sep 2000 11:17:08 -0700
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Mitsubishi recalls televisions
By Alexandra Harney in Tokyo
Published: September 12 2000 
Financial Times

Mitsubishi Electric, one of Japan's leading electronics groups, on
Monday admitted it had concealed potentially dangerous
problems with its televisions for nearly a decade and recalled
45,000 sets sold in Japan. 

The company said that although it was aware of 10 reports of
TVs overheating, it did not see the need for a recall. 

However, after product defects prompted recalls at several
other Japanese manufacturers, the Ministry of International
Trade and Industry asked Mitsubishi to investigate the problems. 

In recent months, Bridgestone/Firestone recalled 6.5m tyres after they were
linked with at
least 88 deaths and hundreds of injuries. Mitsubishi Motors recalled
620,000 vehicles after it admitted it had hidden customer complaints for
more than three decades and Snow Brand, the leading dairy products
manufacturer, had to shut down factories after more than 14,000 people took
ill after drinking its milk. 

Mitsubishi Electric has recalled 18,000 units of the CZ-1 series TVs and
27,000 units from the CZ-2 series made and sold in Japan between 1987 and
1990. Although the company estimates only a fraction of the sets are still
in use, it declined to disclose how much the recall would cost. 

Shares in Mitsubishi were down 1.1 per cent or Y11 (10 cents) at Y957 near
the close of
trading on Tuesday in Tokyo .

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