Mitsubishi Motors North America has issued an official recall for some 13,558 Mitsubishi Mirage and Mitsubishi i-Miev cars made between 2011 and 2013 to fix a fault related to the correct deployment of its SRS air bag system.
Detailed in official recall paperwork submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall (SR-15-011) affects a total of 11,812 examples of the 2014 Mitsubishi Mirage and 1,746 examples of iits 2012 Mitsubishi i-Miev electric car. The recall is being called by the Japanese automaker after it discovered that the electrical resistance inside the impact sensor for the SRS air bag system may have increased due to an “improper manufacturing process”. As a result it says, the car’s computer system may detect abnormal communication from the impact sensor and thus cause the vehicle’s SRS warning lamp to illuminate.
“If a vehicle is involved in a collision necessitating frontal, side and/or curtain air bag deployment when the SRS warning lamp is illuminated, frontal air bag deployment could be delayed and/or the side and curtain air bag may not deploy,” the official recall paperwork reads.
As Mitsubishi never made any 2013 model-year i-Miev cars, affected 2012 model year cars are ones made between October 28, 2011 and January 10, 2013. Affected Mitsubishi Mirage models were produced between July 27,2013 and November 20, 2013.
At the time of writing, no incidents or accidents relating to this defect have been reported to either NHTSA or Mitsubishi, and Mitsubishi is already preparing a full-scale recall for affected cars.
Talking with Mitsubishi Motors North America this morning, we were told that owners of affected vehicles should get a notification letter later this month to ask them to bring their cars into a Mitsubishi dealership for inspection and replacement of the affected components free of charge. In the meantime, concerned owners can contact Mitsubishi directly on 888-648-7820, quoting the reference number SR-15-011 and their car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to see if their vehicle is involved in the recall.
Additional information can be found at NHTSA’s official recall site at SaferCar.gov.
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