In 2017, Mitsubishi Cable came out admitting that they had been falsifying data for their rubber sealants since April of 2015. In this time period, over 270 million vehicles were sold to 229 separate dealers (Reuters). Interestingly, They were still faking data even after admitting this fact for almost a month. In defense, Mitsubishi states that they have not found any legal or safety issues in regard to the current problem (Newser). This still left many aircraft companies including Boeing and Airbus scrambling to confirm whether this false data was deemed unsafe for use. Mitsubishi has also been struggling with another scandal including more falsified data for brass and copper parts which were bought by 29 different industries. This ties into the Kobe Steel scandal since Mitsubishi is a customer of Kobe. They also have a joint venture together to produce copper tubes. With these problems, this makes Mitsubishi look untrustworthy to customers (CNN).
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The last theory is the Virtue Theory, which supports the idea that someone’s full potential is being used for the right reason. It uses four characteristics; courage, honesty, temperance and justice. In this case Mitsubishi Cables is unethical according to the Virtue Theory because their full potential was not used. Instead, they resulted to laziness and the fear of being embarrassed, which they were once the word got out if not even more. Their courage went out the door as soon as they decided against publishing their problem to the public. Their honesty was tampered when the workers and head operators decided to not tell anyone they had a problem with the results of rubber seals and other parts. They did not show temperance when they decided to keep selling these falsified result vehicles, and the did not show justice as they were not being fair or reasonable keeping this information from their clients. If they were at their full potential, they would have found this problem of a non spec material being used, and fixed it as fast as they could in order to be fair to their customers and keep production going with minimum delay and embarrassment.