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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Recall

August 09, 2012

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Mitsubishi is recalling 261 i MiEVs because the side and curtain air bags may not deploy in a crash, according to the NHTSA.

No date has been set yet but Mitsubishi dealers will replace incompatible air bag sensors in the affected vehicles with new units.

Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators that there are no known claims in the U.S. involving potentially incompatible air bag sensors and that "Any customer experiencing this condition will be alerted by illumination of the SRS warning lamp."

No word yet if we have one of the 261 cars.

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Sproing Update

May 14, 2012

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I had a theory on the mystery of the Sproing, and now I have confirmation. My contact at Mitsubishi promptly replied to my query with, "I just talked to our R&D team here and we believe your assumption is correct with the ABS for this noise."

Good enough for me. No more worrying that I busted a rubberband or ran over a Kangaroo.

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 943 miles

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2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: What Was That?

May 11, 2012

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When I first start rolling out of its parking spot next its charging station, I hear a weird "sproing" noise. It's as if I drove over some sort of metallic spring plate. I couldn't figure it out, so I went to the one place where everything you read is true.

 

That's right, I went to the internet.

A quick scan through some message boards turned up the theory that the source of the noise is the antilock brake system testing itself. Now, I don't believe everything I read (I'm going to try telling the officer that the next time I get caught rolling through a stop sign), so I sent a message over to Mitsubishi to get a solid answer.

I'll let you know what they say. In the meantime, what do you think it is?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor @ 943 miles

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