Mitsubishi is recalling around 14,700 of its i-MiEV electric cars worldwide, because of a potential brake issue. The automaker announced that the recall will affect 2012 models made between December 2, 2011 and September 7, 2012. This will include 5,800 EVs in Japan. And in Europe, alone the company is recalling around 8,900 i-MiEV electric cars.
Mitsubishi has sold around 200 cars across Canada since 2011, but the exact number is still unknown.
According to the Japanese automaker, the vehicles may carry an improperly shaped electric pump that sends air to the brake booster. This can reduce the braking power and will increase stopping distances, thus raising the risk of a crash.
John Arnone, Mitsubishi Canada manager for Public Relations, said in an email that certain 2012 i-MiEV models may be affected due to this issue. In the US alone, the company is recalling about 1,400 vehicles where some vehicles are still in dealer lots.
Talking about the issue, a senior analyst at Mitsubishi in Tokyo said this is just a matter of one part and it doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with all electric vehicles.
Although, there were no accidents reported involving the i-MiEV, we all know that the brake is an important part in a vehicle and this incident hints that the automobile’s quality check procedure at Mitsubishi could be not very commendable.