Mitsubishi recalls 650k Japan cars on fire risk; 70 sold abroad, mostly in S'pore

Mitsubishi Motors on Thursday, July 25, 2013, recalled more than 650,000 small cars sold in Japan over a possible fire risk. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Mitsubishi Motors on Thursday, July 25, 2013, recalled more than 650,000 small cars sold in Japan over a possible fire risk. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - Mitsubishi Motors on Thursday recalled more than 650,000 small cars sold in Japan over a possible fire risk. The recall covers three models, including the popular Minica brand, manufactured between September 1998 and May 2011, the automaker said.

Just 70 of the vehicles were sold overseas, mostly in Singapore, a company spokesman said.

Mitsubishi said an air intake could become detached and fall on the heated engine, starting a fire. Two dozen cases - including 11 incidents involving serious fires in which the car was destroyed - have been reported but with no injuries, Japan's transport ministry said.