Mitsubishi Outlander’s Battery Fault Solved
The Japanese carmaker said that the problem was caused by microscopic contaminants that got in the battery cells during a screening process. The contaminants caused overheating of the battery pack that caught fire in at least two Outlander plug-in cars.
Mitsubishi and its battery supplier are conducting tests to create a new screen process. When done, the company will make a recall for the approximately 4,000 possible affected Outlanders sold in Japan.
Until then, Mitsubishi advises owners to deactivate the hybrid system and to drive the car in normal combustion-powered mode as it is completely safe. Also, the automaker offered to compensate owners for added fuel costs until the recall process is over.