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Nissan Confirms Problems with Leaf

Battery car has occasional problems starting up.

by on Apr.11, 2011

Nissan has yet to identify a fix for the restart problem plaguing the Leaf battery car.

Despite a painfully slow production launch designed to weed out potential defects Nissan has confirmed that at least some of the Leaf battery-electric vehicles it has sold experience occasional problems starting up.

The maker says it is tracking the problem but still has not isolated the precise cause and is still unsure whether it will require a recall or a less drastic response to fix the defect.

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“When we know the exact cause, we will decide whether to issue a service bulletin or take other steps,” said Nissan spokesman Toshitake Inoshita.

The problem is the latest setback for Nissan, which was forced to halt production of the lithium-ion-powered Leaf for a month due to the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent power shortage that struck Japan on March 11th.