Mitsubishi recalls 2012 i-MiEV in Canada

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Mitsubishi is recalling a handful of its 2012 i-MiEV models. It is not clear if that includes the 'Hello Kitty' version. Image: contri/Flickr/CC BY-SA

Mitsubishi is issuing a small-scale recall of some of its 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles.

Mistubishi i-MiEV recall

In one of the few campaigns to ever target an electric smart vehicle, Mitsubishi is recalling some of its 2012 i-MiEV models.

Only 49 of the four-seater EVs are targeted at this time. The issue in the recall is the deployment of the curtain and side impact airbags.

At this time, the recall effort is only taking place in Canada. However, according to AutoGuide, the effort is likely to later affect owners in the United States.

Software compatibility issues

Some of the cars may have compatibility issues between the sensors and the self-diagnostic software used in its Safety Restraint System. The issue may cause the SRS warning light to illuminate during a diagnostic check.

If the vehicle is in motion while the lights is lit, Mitsubishi says, the side impact airbags may not inflate, or the front airbag may inflate only after a delay, negating its usefulness. That, of course, could up the chance of injury, should a crash occur.

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Contact dealership

Canadian owners of the 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV are urged to contact their dealers about replacing the sensors with new ones that are compatible with the self-diagnostic software in the SRS. U.S. owners may wish to contact the automaker as well, as a preemptive measure, should the recall cross the border.

History of the Mistubishi i-MiEV

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV began its life as the the Smart Forfour, which was the brainchild of Nicolas Hayek, CEO of Swatch Watches. It was first unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in 1998. Eventually, it was produced in Europe between 2004 and 2006. It was made in a collaborative effort between Mitsubishi and DaimlerChrysler. When the two automakers split ways in 2005, the original, smaller Smart car became the property of Daimler and Mitsubishi held onto the Smart Forfour.

It’s re-branded moniker, MiEV, stands for Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle. It is the lowest-priced electric car on the market, with a sticker price of only $30,000. With federal incentives, according to Torque News, that price can drop to $21,650 or less.

Star of television documentary

A Discovery Channel documentary on the history of the Mitsubishi i-MiEV will premiere in Canada on Saturday, August 4. The program will air in the U.S. on Wednesday, August 8.


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