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Toyota recalls 242,000 Prius, Lexus hybrids

Kyodo

Toyota Motor Corp. said Wednesday it is recalling around 242,000 units of its Prius and Lexus hybrid vehicles worldwide because of a problem with their brake systems.

Subject to the recalls are about 233,000 Prius vehicles manufactured between March and October 2009 and around 9,000 Lexus HS250h models produced between June and October 2009, the automaker said.

The Prius under the recall is sold around the world, including in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The Lexus luxury sedan is sold in Japan and North America, according to Toyota.

In its report to the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry, Toyota said the brake system may not function as well as it should because a part is lacks sufficient strength and could break.

MMC issues EV recall

Jiji

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said that it is recalling the plug-in hybrid Outlander PHEV and other vehicles due to problems with their lithium-ion batteries.

Subject to the recall are the Outlander PHEV, the i-MiEV and the Minicab-MiEV electric vehicles, totaling 4,428 units manufactured between July 2009 and March 2013, according to the company’s filings with the transport ministry Tuesday.

The free repairs are expected to start mid-June as the automaker takes a little time before improved battery cells for exchange are ready.

Mitsubishi Motors told the ministry that subject to the recall are 1,456 units manufactured between April and this month. The vehicles have yet to be shipped but those used for display and test drives are being recalled.

The ministry’s product screening showed that some of the battery cells were overly vibrated while others were dropped. Some of the cells may also short-circuit, causing drops in voltage and heat deformation, while an i-MiEV battery caught fire when a charging test was conducted.

The cells were manufactured by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture set up by Mitsubishi Motors, battery maker GS Yuasa Corp. and trading company Mitsubishi Corp.

In March, three cases of problematic cells in the Outlander PHEV were reported, in Tokyo, Kanagawa and Gifu prefectures.