TOKYO - Mitsubishi Motors Corp. said on Thursday a recall of about 243,000 of its vehicles in Japan would cost 5.2 billion yen ($44 million), but that it would not affect its earnings outlook for the business year that just ended.
Japan's fourth-largest automaker said a day earlier it would recall six models including 179,730 Chariot Grandises built between October 1997 and February 2003, and 43,972 RVRs made from November 1997 to August 2002 due to faulty brakes and fuel tanks.
A Mitsubishi spokesman said no recall has been issued outside Japan because no defects have been reported yet.
But the automaker said it was "strongly urging" the recall of the main export model Chariot Grandis. If Mitsubishi recalls the 60,100 units exported, mostly to Europe, that would cost another 700 million yen, the spokesman said.
The four other models to be recalled are the Minicab pickup, Legnum station wagon, and Galant and Aspire cars.
Last September, Mitsubishi said it would recall almost 165,000 minicars because of possible transmission defects.
The company has become extremely scrupulous about quality control since a customer complaints scandal in 2000 resulted in the recall of almost two million vehicles worldwide.
Like most other leading Japanese automakers, Mitsubishi Motors is expecting a strong rise in profits for the business year that ended on March 31.
It expects consolidated net profit to more than triple to 38 billion yen on sales of 3.4 trillion yen, up 6 percent.