Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recalled in U.S. and Canada for Airbag Sensor Problem
The American and Canadian authorities have recalled the Mitsubishi i MiEV (aka "i") to deal with a potential safety issue. Recalls happen to all manufacturers, but anything that has to do with safety features is particularly sensitive, and since electric cars are under great scrutiny these days, let's hope that the various EV manufacturers will go the extra mile to make sure EVs are as trouble-free as possible.
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Here's the problem:
Mitsubishi is recalling certain model year 2012 i-MiEV vehicles manufactured between November 4, 2011, and December 22, 2011. Incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may deactivate the frontal and side airbag system. Should this occur, the SRS warning lamp would illuminate to alert the driver.
The side and curtain air bags may not deploy in a crash for which those air bags were intended to deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury to the vehicle occupants.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incompatible air bag sensors with new, compatible units, free of charge. Mitsubishi has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.