Mitsubishi has recalled a number of its North American i-MiEV, or i, electric cars because of a potential faulty air bag sensor issue. The recall impacts cars sold by the Japanese automaker in both the United States and Canada.
310 of the Mitsubishi electric cars – 261 in the US and 49 in Canada – are impacted, according to the Detroit News. They were built between November 4, 2011, and December 22, 2011. According to the NHTSA, incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may deactivate the frontal and side airbag system. Should this occur, the warning states, the SRS warning lamp would illuminate to alert the driver.
And the consequence? Not pretty – “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.” In Canada it is mentioned as well the front airbags may deploy late.
Mitsubishi is working out a schedule right now to notify impacted i-MiEV owners. They will be told to go to dealerships with the incompatible air bag sensors with new, compatible units, free of charge.
This is not the only green car under recall at the moment. Just a couple of days ago the 2010 Lexus HS 250h hybrid, it already the subject of several recalls over the years, got pegged again for a potential rear suspension arm issue that “could cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.”
Those who have more questions should contact Mitsubishi directly at 1-800-222-0037.