Mitsubishi Motors Corp said Thursday it was
recalling 650,109 cars in Japan over a glitch in the engine's air
intake duct and reports of fire.
The recall affects Minica, Toppo BJ and Toppo BJ models produced from September 1998 to May 2011, Japan's sixth-biggest carmaker said.
The models are among Japan's minicar category of vehicle, with engines no larger than 650 cubic centimetres.
The recall came after reports of 24 fire accidents and 68 other problems with the vehicles have been reported.
Mitsubishi first attributed the accidents to maintenance problems, but concluded the vehicles should be recalled after a reinvestigation that was recommended by the government, the Kyodo News agency reported.
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