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A minor but important problem with the sensors in the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system in some Mitsubishi i-MiEV models has led to a recall notice from Transport Canada and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The recall affects 49 vehicles in Canada and 261 in the States. According to NHTSA, "incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may deactivate the frontal and side airbag system."

As a result, "the side and curtain air bags may not deploy in a crash for which those air bags were intended to deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury to the vehicle occupants." And that's a bad thing. See recall notices for both Canada and the United States below.
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  • Recall Date 2012/07/31
  • Notification Type Safety TC
  • System Airbag
  • Manufacturer Recall Number SR12-003
  • Units Affected 49
  • Category Car
Recall Details
On certain vehicles, sensors are incompatible with the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system, causing the SRS warning lamp to illuminate when a diagnostic check occurs. If the vehicle were continue being operated with the warning lamp illuminated, the inflatable curtain and side impact airbags may not deploy or the front airbags may deploy late. This could result in an increased risk of injury to an occupant during a crash. Correction: Dealers will replace incompatible sensors with updated ones.

NHTSA:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
MITSUBISHI / I-MIEV 2012
Manufacturer: MITSUBISHI MOTORS NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JUL 31, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V372000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL:SENSOR/CONTROL MODULE

Potential Number of Units Affected: 261

Summary:
Mitsubishi is recalling certain model year 2012 i-MiEV vehicles manufactured between November 4, 2011, and December 22, 2011. Incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may deactivate the frontal and side airbag system. Should this occur, the SRS warning lamp would illuminate to alert the driver.

Consequence:
The side and curtain air bags may not deploy in a crash for which those air bags were intended to deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury to the vehicle occupants.

Remedy:
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incompatible air bag sensors with new, compatible units, free of charge. Mitsubishi has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

Notes:
This is Mitsubishi recall number SR-12-003. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Vehicle Safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

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