Mitsubishi recalls 14,700 electric cars globally over brakes

Jan 24 2013, 13:26 IST
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Mitsubishi Motors Corp's the i-MiEV electric vehicle is displayed during an unveiling at the company headquaters in Tokyo June 5, 2009. (Reuters) Mitsubishi Motors Corp's the i-MiEV electric vehicle is displayed during an unveiling at the company headquaters in Tokyo June 5, 2009. (Reuters)
SummaryIt would recall nearly 3,400 i-MiEV electric vehicles, as well as more than 2,400 MINICAB-MiEV vehicles.

fix the battery pack for the 8,000 Volt plug-in hybrids to eliminate the risk of a fire being triggered days after a crash.

Sales of electric cars make up only a small percentage of the overall autos market.

In 2012, Nissan sold 9,819 of its world's best-selling EV, the Leaf, in the United States, where 14.5 million vehicles were sold in total.

Mitsubishi Motors has sold or exported a total of around 27,200 i-MiEVs since it first went on sale in July 2009.

The recall comes a month after Mitsubishi Motor was inspected by Japan's Transport Ministry, which said the automaker inappropriately reported about recalls involving mini cars.

Mitsubishi Motors has been mired in a string of recall scandals including in 2000, when an insider's tip revealed the automaker had been hiding customer complaints illegally for over two decades.

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