Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

It's official: Mitsubishi has recalled more than 4,300 plug-in vehicles, almost all of which are Outlander Plug-in Hybrids, because of battery issues, Automotive News says.

Mitsubishi stopped production of the Outlander PHEV and the i-MiEV battery-electric in March because of a melted battery at a Yokohama dealership. The automaker has since found that some batteries are being mishandled by workers while others are being damaged during the screening process. Just 17 i-MiEV battery-electric vehicles (known in the US as the i) were recalled.

The company says it'll resume production in August and said last month that it would double its monthly Outlander PHEV production to about 4,000 units to make up for lost ground stemming from the production halt.

The batteries are produced by a joint venture between Mitsubishi and GS Yuasa Corp. The latter company made Boeing batteries that also recently had a number of fire-related issues.