TOKYO, April 15 (Reuters) - The Mitsubishi Motor Company has suspended the shipment of some of its three main automobile models due to an engine sensor malfunction and plans to temporarily stop the manufacturing of the models.
A spokesperson said the carmaker discovered the problem with the sensor in the CB18 engine used in its Forester, Outback, and Levorg models, adding that the production of models with that engine would be suspended in temps, without giving further details.
About 54,000 automobiles with the engine have been sold in Japan since October 2020 and are for the only market, according to the spokesperson, implying that the number of vehicles affected by the shipment suspension has been declining.
Subaru has not decided whether to recall the cars, and it would likely take two to four months before the shipment is resumed, according to the spokesperson. The company will continue to produce and ship automobiles that do not use the CB18 engine, according to the spokesperson.
The manufacturer has been unable to start the engine after the sensor malfunction, and the manufacturer has issued a warning message on the dashboard.
Subaru's stock sank 3% in the morning trading in Tokyo, after being deluged by sell orders at the open.