Global Electric Car RecallMitsubishi is recalling about 14,700 electric vehicles around the world because of potential brake issue. The recall will affect around 5,800 EVs in Japan, including 3,400 i-MiEV and more than 2,400 MINICAB-MiEV. Outside of Japan, primarily in Europe, the company is further recalling around 8,900 i-MiEV electric cars, some of which are branded as iOn and C-Zero EVs by PSA Peugeot Citroen.
The vehicles may carry an "improperly shaped or damaged electric pump, which sends air to the brake booster", said the Japanese automaker. The brake booster multiplies the forces applied from the foot and makes braking easier, so a defect could increase braking distances, thus reducing safety.
"This is a matter of one part, and it's too much to apply the issue to say there is something wrong with electric vehicles," said Tatsuo Yoshida, a senior analyst at Mitsbubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in Tokyo.
"The cause of the problem is identified and there were no accidents. But the problematic part is the brake, an important part for safety, and that means Mitsubishi Motors' quality check procedure is too weak." (source)