Faulty Mitsubishi plug-in batteries could cost company $30 million
In March, Mitsubishi stopped making the Outlander PHEV and i-MiEV because of two potentially dangerous incidents. A battery in a parked Outlander PHEV melted due to a short circuit caused by contaminants in the battery and then an i-MiEV caught fire at Mitsubishi's Mizushima factory. No one was injured in either case. After an investigation, Lithium Energy Japan changed the screening process to make the packs safer. In May, Mitsubishi announced that it would double Outlander PHEV production – to 4,000 a month – to make up for lost time. The i-MiEV is available now and the Outlander PHEV is supposed to arrive in the US next year.
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