Mitsubishi Recalls iMiEV Due to Airbag Sensor Issues

Mitsubishi iMiEV

Source: Mitsubishi iMiEV | Official Website

Last week, Mitsubishi recalled 261 units of its iMiEV vehicle for a potential faulty airbag sensor. According to the car manufacturer, the airbags might deploy late or not at all during a crash due to software compatibility issues.

Mitsubishi iMiEV’s Problem and Fix

According to reports, Mitsuibishi’s airbag sensor and self-diagnostic system on the iMiEV may be incompatible. Thus, it can result to a deactivation of the frontal and side airbag system, which can increase the chance of injury for occupants during the crash.

On the other hand, the automaker will notify owners whether their iMiEV is affected by the recall. Dealers will replace the sensors with new units that would work well with the car’s self-diagnostic system. The fix will be done free of charge, and owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-888-0037 with regards to recall number SR-12-0003.

Only 261 iMiEV units are affected by the recall, especially those that were built between November 4 and December 22, 2011.

Paused Production of Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn

It was also reported that Mitsubishi paused the production of its Citroen C-Zero and Peugeot iOn. The decision was made due to low demand for the iMiEV-based electric city cars.

According to U.S. industry journal, Automotive News, only 935 units of C-Zero and 852 units of iOn were sold in Europe during the first six months of the year. That being said, the car manufacturer’s French partner PSA Peugeot Citroen asked them to hold the production temporarily.

Although the cancelled production will not be permanent, there were no official words as to when it will resume. On the other hand, it is not affected by the changes on production schedule of the automaker’s plant in Mizushima, Japan.

Mitsubishi admitted that there were only 28,000 units of iMiEV, C-Zero, and iOn sold since 2009—a figure that is relatively what they have expected. In addition, the iMiEV is also struggling for sales in Australia, where there were only 12 registered users across the country.

Mitsubishi Australia, on the other hand, confirmed that its electric were not part of the automaker’s recall. According to the country’s car manufacturer, none of its iMiEVs were produced during the mentioned defective batch period.

Whether it has something to do with the defective airbag or not, it is undeniable that people’s uptake for the car is less than enthusiastic. With a starting price that almost triples the price of its petrol-powered competitors, it is definitely pricey in this uncertain economic time.

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