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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said Wednesday it will continue the production and shipment halt of its Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle because it has yet to pinpoint the cause of the apparent short-circuiting of at least one of the model’s lithium-ion batteries.

In March an employee at an MMC dealership in Kanagawa Prefecture noticed an unusual smell and found the battery’s housing had melted after the vehicle’s lithium-ion battery was recharged. Two other battery-related incidents have since been reported.

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