- Mitsubishi is recalling 1,402 Mitsubishi i electric vehicles in the U.S. because of a brake problem that may reduce stopping distances.
- The recall is part of a larger global recall of about 14,700 Mitsubishi i vehicles.
- Mitsubishi said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the recall.
WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 1,402 Mitsubishi i electric vehicles in the U.S. because of a brake problem that may reduce stopping distances, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The recall is part of a larger global recall of about 14,700 Mitsubishi i vehicles, in what has been described as one of the biggest callbacks involving the new generation of eco-friendly cars. Mitsubishi also calls the car the i-MiEV in documentation filed with the federal government.
"The brake system vacuum pump may fail, causing the vacuum pump to be inoperable," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem published on Tuesday. "If the vacuum pump system fails, it will reduce available brake power which would result in lengthened stopping distances, which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash."
Mitsubishi Motors North America said it is unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the recall.
The affected vehicles were manufactured from December 2, 2011 through September 7, 2012.
Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators in the U.S. that it received a customer complaint in June 2012 in Japan "in which the brake system did not function properly. An audible warning alerted the vehicle operator." The automaker said it immediately began an investigation.
Mitsubishi said the brake warning lamp will illuminate and an audible warning will alert the vehicle operator if the vacuum pump becomes inoperable.
Mitsubishi dealers will replace the affected vacuum pumps. The automaker has not yet set a date for the recall. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820.
Edmunds says: This has been a frustrating situation for owners of the 2012 Mitsubishi i, who first became aware of the situation on January 24, when the EV was recalled in Japan. U.S. owners now have official confirmation that the recall also affects them, but when the problematic pump parts will become available is unclear at this point.