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Mitsubishi and Beijing in Pajero fault tiff 12/2/2001

China announced Friday that it will immediately ban imports of Mitsubishi Pajero V31 and V33 series sport-utility vehicles following reports of brake defects. The next day, the Japanese automaker countered with a statement that it had in fact stopped exports of these two models last March.

The vehicles are alleged to have caused a series of brake-related accidents in China, according to the state-owned Xinhua news agency, due to brake oil leakages caused by the brake oil pipes colliding with valves attached to the rear of the vehicles.

China started importing Pajero V33 models in 1994 and the V31 in 1996. An estimated 15,000 examples (out of a total Pajero fleet put at around 72,000) are currently in use in China.

Mitsubishi Motors said it began replacing components of the models for free in November. The ban doesn't cover the new Pajero model and so shouldn't affect the company's business in China much, Mitsubishi officials said.

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