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Mitsubishi recalls EV and Outlander plug-in hybrid in Japan

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has formally recalled its i-MiEV electric vehicle in Japan, possibly paving the way for a similar callback in the United States.

Sales and production of the pint-sized EV, along with the Outlander plug-in hybrid crossover sold only in Japan, have been halted since a manufacturing glitch caused one of their lithium ion battery packs to melt and another to catch fire in March.

Mitsubishi will recall more than 4,000 vehicles with the potentially faulty batteries in Japan starting midmonth, the company said today. A small number of affected i-MiEVs were sold in Europe and the United States.

“We are preparing appropriate measures for markets outside Japan, but this is not the appropriate time to give details,” spokeswoman Namie Koketsu said.

Mitsubishi said in April it had contacted drivers in the United States about the problem.

Mitsubishi ironed out a manufacturing fix last month that will prevent the defects. The new process will churn out replacement batteries for the cars being recalled, Koketsu said.

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