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Mitsubishi recalls Outlander Sport vehicles for several issues

DETROIT (Reuters) - Mitsubishi Motors Corp is recalling 6,496 Outlander Sport crossover vehicles in the United States and Puerto Rico for three different issues related to brake lights, fuel gauges and shifting the vehicles out of park, federal regulators said on Wednesday.

Model year 2013 Outlander Sport vehicles made from June 11 to September 11 last year may have brake lamps that either work intermittently or illuminate continuously without the pressing of the brake pedal, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on its website.

The same vehicles may also allow drivers to shift out of park without depressing the brake pedal, NHTSA said.

There are 4,539 vehicles affected in the United States and Puerto Rico, the company told NHTSA.

Also, model year 2013 Outlander Sport AWD (all-wheel drive) vehicles made from June 11, 2012 to December 11, 2012 may have fuel gauges that register the incorrect level of gasoline remaining in the fuel tank, NHTSA said.

Mitsubishi said it expects that only 14 of the 3,724 recalled in the United States have the defect, which was caused by an issue with the wiring that registers fuel tank levels.

Some of the affected vehicles could have both the brake lamp problem and the fuel gauge issue, making the total number of recalls 6,496 vehicles, Mitsubishi Motors spokeswoman Namie Koketsu told Reuters.

Mitsubishi told regulators it will notify owners of the affected vehicles to repair the problems.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Detroit and Yoko Kubota in Tokyo; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

(This story was refiled to show that the total number of recalled vehicles was 6,496, not 8,263 in the first paragraph; vehicle name corrected to "Outlander Sport" not "Outlander"; and adds a seventh paragraph to explain that some vehicles are target of recall for two problems)

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