It's official: Mitsubishi has recalled more than 4,300 plug-in vehicles, almost all of which are Outlander Plug-in Hybrids, because of battery issues, Automotive News says.

Mitsubishi stopped production of the Outlander PHEV and the i-MiEV battery-electric in March because of a melted battery at a Yokohama dealership. The automaker has since found that some batteries are being mishandled by workers while others are being damaged during the screening process. Just 17 i-MiEV battery-electric vehicles (known in the US as the i) were recalled.

The company says it'll resume production in August and said last month that it would double its monthly Outlander PHEV production to about 4,000 units to make up for lost ground stemming from the production halt.

The batteries are produced by a joint venture between Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa Corp. The latter company made Boeing batteries that also recently had a number of fire-related issues.


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      Jazzor
      • 4 Months Ago
      Yay!!! Just hurry the hell up and bring the freaking hybrid outty to this side of the world! I want one!!!
      Marco Polo
      • 4 Months Ago
      This is good news ! Mitsubishi detected the faulty battery problem early, and recall vehicles only in it's home market. In general I dislike urban SUV's, for being inefficiently large vehicle that never leave the suburban blacktop. These vehicles were a creation of the original CARB regulations and became a fad. But if you must drive and SUV, or if you have a genuine need for an SUV, this is a great vehicle ! Like the GM Volt it's a compromise between an EV and a 4WD ICE. Not perfect maybe, but affordable and a huge improvement on it's competitors. This is the Ford Territory, Ford should have allowed Ford Australia to manufacture ! As, "Gorr" would say, " I'm interested to buy ".
      A TK
      • 4 Months Ago
      wow. I just got it. They're trying to make this look like a range rover. Well played mitsu, well played.
      • 4 Months Ago
      i got a idea for http://www.practimotor.com/
      Spec
      • 4 Months Ago
      Growing pains. They need to get through this and get this vehicle out there. I suspect some pent-up demand for a PHEV SUV. GS Yuasa has got to be in the doghouse between this problem and the Boeing problem. Their name is mud.
        Actionable Mango
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Spec
        GS Yuasa and Mitsubishi formed a joint company for production of lithium automotive batteries, so for better or for worse, I don't think Mitsubishi will be switching away any time soon.
          Actionable Mango
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          I would love to see SCiB cells in the US Outlander PHEV.
          JakeY
          • 4 Months Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Yes, but a couple months ago Mitsubishi said they would be using Toshiba SCiB cells in the iMIEV, so I think Mitsubishi already has an exit plan.
      canuckinaz
      • 4 Months Ago
      The story gets the name of the vehicle wrong: The 'i' is a non-EV version that is sold in Japan (and a few other RHD places). The EV version is 'i-MiEV'.
      • 4 Months Ago
      thi car is legible in http://www.practimotor.com/