Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recalled for Brake System Defect

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Also rebadged as the Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was never a hot seller, be it Japan, Europe or the US. Despite the quite low sales volumes, some people actually bought such contraptions. And we have some bad news for American owners that actually bought the i-MiEV.
Mitsubishi Motors North America has recently issued a recall for the Japanese electric vehicle. Some 1,810 examples built between September 15th, 2009 and March 25th, 2009 are prone to develop one of two problems affecting the i-MiEV's braking power.

These 2010 - 2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs are fitted with a brake vacuum pump that may become inoperable, translating to decreased stopping power, increasing the risk of a crash. Mitsubishi Motors North America informs the pump may become inoperable because of two peculiar reasons, as follows:

a) improper EV-ECU module programming, causing the ECU to misjudge that the relay contact point is stuck; b) mud and road salt could block the brake vacuum pump's exhaust hole, with the salt accelerating the corrosion process of the brake vacuum pump.

Owners will be notified shortly, with dealers instructed to reprogram the brake vacuum pump controller or replace the brake vacuum pump or do both, free of charge. Furthermore, affected owners may contact the Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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