TOKYO, July 25 Mitsubishi Motors Corp
is recalling about 650,100 minicars in Japan, including the 660
cc Minica, over a glitch in the air intake duct in the car's
engine compartment, the Japanese carmaker said on Thursday.
A plastic clip that holds the air intake duct onto the car's
body could be damaged. That could lead to the duct falling off
and melting, burning or catching fire, a spokesman said.
Japan's sixth-biggest carmaker by sales volume is recalling
certain models of Minica, Toppo BJ and Toppo BJ wide that were
manufactured between 1998 and 2011. There are about 70 vehicles
with the same make sold overseas including in Singapore.
Mitsubishi is aware of 11 cases of fire suspected to have
been caused by this problem as well as 13 cases of burning or
melting of the duct, the spokesman said. No injuries, deaths or
accidents have been reported.
The company said it will exchange the plastic clip with new
ones, which will take around 20 minutes. The spokesman declined
to reveal how much the recall will cost the carmaker.
Mitsubishi has been embroiled in a number of recall-related
scandals, most notably in 2000 when an insider's tip revealed
that it had been hiding customer complaints for more than two
decades. In April, the Japanese government warned the company
over delays in a series of recalls between 2010 and 2012.
(Reporting by Yoko Kubota; Editing by Matt Driskill)