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Some Mitsubishi iMiEVs recalled in U.S., Canada

Japanese automaker says iMiEV airbag incompatible with software in some vehicles

Published August 9, 2012
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Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling a small number of its all-electric cars in Canada and the U.S., due to the possibility that the front and side airbag systems may be deactivated.

The Japanese automaker is recalling 261 of its 2012 model iMiEV subcompact hatchbacks because an incompatibility between the airbag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may cause the side and curtain airbags not to deploy, or the front airbags to deploy late in a crash, according to documents filed with U.S. safety regulators.

If the airbag system were deactivated, a warning light would illuminate to alert the driver, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mitsubishi, which will replace the sensors, was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, according to NHTSA documents.

A similar recall also will be launched in Canada, affecting 27 vehicles, according to NHTSA documents and Mitsubishi officials.

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    • Price: $31,698

    MSRP

    • Price: $92,800
    • Price: $11,945
    • Price: $33,998
    • Engine: E
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: -
    • Transmission Speed: -

    Performance

    • Engine: 3.6 V6 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: 6
    • Transmission Speed: -
    • Engine: 1.2 I4 G
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: MT
    • Drive Type: FWD
    • Cylinder: 4
    • Transmission Speed: 5
    • Engine: E
    • Horsepower: Not defined
    • Transmission: AT
    • Drive Type: RWD
    • Cylinder: -
    • Transmission Speed: -
    • City: 1.9
    • Highway: 2.3
    • Fuel Type: -
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 0/0

    Fuel Economy

    • City: 11.6
    • Highway: 7.4
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 21/26
    • City: 6.4
    • Highway: 5
    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 9/9
    • City: -
    • Highway: -
    • Fuel Type: -
    • Fuel Tank Low/High: 0/0
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes

    Safety

    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Airbags: Yes
    • ABS Brakes: Yes
    • Traction Control: Yes
    • Stability Control: Yes
    • Safety Rating: -
    • Child Sensor: Yes
    • Park Distance Control: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes

    Comfort & Convenience

    • Sunroof: Yes
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: Yes
    • Cruise: Yes
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: Yes
    • Steering Wheel Controls: Yes
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: No
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: No
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: No
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: No
    • Keyless Entry: No
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: No
    • Climate Control: No
    • Steering Wheel Controls: No
    • Power Mirrors: No
    • Sunroof: No
    • Air Conditioning: Yes
    • Power Windows: Yes
    • Power Door Locks: Yes
    • Leather Seats: No
    • Power Seats: No
    • Music System: Yes
    • Navigation System: No
    • Cruise: No
    • Keyless Entry: Yes
    • Rain Sensing Vipers: No
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Climate Control: No
    • Steering Wheel Controls: No
    • Power Mirrors: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 5
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 5
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes

    Interior

    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: Yes
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Max. Seating: 4
    • Number of Doors: 4
    • Seats: 4
    • Power Adjustable Seats: No
    • Specialty Seats: Yes
    • Interior: Yes
    • Leather Seats: Yes
    • Power Seats: Yes
    • Heated Seats: Yes
    • Awards: -

    Awards

    • Awards: Auto123.com Awards - Luxury Large Car of the Year, 2012-11-14
    • Awards: -
    • Awards: ecoEnergy Vehicle Awards - Subcompact, 1970-01-01

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