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Nissan reports starting issue with electric Leaf

Nissan, the No. 2 carmaker in Japan, said Monday it’s investigating complaints from Nissan Leaf owners the electric car on occasion fails to start.

A Reuters report detailed Nissan is looking into the exact cause, which it’s traced to the Leaf’s air-conditioning unit via component or programming issues.

Nissan does not have a recalled planned, but is determining its next step after it identifies the source of the problem.Nissan reports starting issue with electric Leaf 1

Nissan has received complaints in the United States and Japan, although the volume of complaints has not been released.

Nissan launched the five-seater Leaf, its zero emissions electric plug-in vehicle, in Japan and the United States in December, 2010.

Nissan has sold more than 3,300 units in Japan as of February 2011 and delivered another 452 in the United States through March.

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