Mitsubishi I

In what is likely the largest EV recall ever, Mitsubishi is recalling about 14,700 electric vehicles worldwide because of a braking issue, Reuters reports.

Of the recalled vehicles, about 12,300 are i-MiEVs while 2,400 are Minicab-MiEVs. About 9,000 vehicles are in Europe, and some are badged as PSA Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero models, says Reuters. It's not clear if the US version of the i is also affected, but there is not yet a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.

The recall stems from a faulty electric brake pump that's supposed to send air to the brake booster, and the repair is said to take about 30 minutes. About 27,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and i models have been sold since the model debuted overseas in mid-2009, meaning that about 45 percent of those vehicles are subject to the recall.

Mitsubishi sold only 588 units of the i in the US last year, fewer than the limited-production Ford Focus Electric. More recently, Consumer Reports reviewed the Mitsubishi and critiqued it for its lack of pep and cheap-looking finishes, among other things.

UPDATE: US-i vehicles are indeed affected, as a new post to the NHTSA website notes. 1,402 i models will need their vacuum pumps replaced, and the details on what to do if you have one of these are available below.
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RECALL Subject : Vacuum Pump may Fail/Increased Stopping Distances
Report Receipt Date: JAN 25, 2013
NHTSA Campaign Number: 13V031000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1,402
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling certain model year 2012 i-MiEV electric vehicles manufactured December 2, 2011, through September 7, 2012. The brake system vacuum pump may fail, causing the vacuum pump to be inoperable.

CONSEQUENCE:

If the vaccum pump system fails, it will reduce available brake power which would result in lengthened stopping distances, which may increase the risk of a vehicle crash.

REMEDY:

Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected vacuum pumps free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820.

NOTES:

Mitsubisihi's campaign recall number is SR-13-001. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.