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.


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      Aaron
      • 1 Year Ago
      What timing! I just purchased my i-MiEV yesterday (on that incredible lease offer). Oh well, I have to return to the dealership at some time in the future to get the license plates anyway.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron
        @Aaron: How many miles are included in your price? That was a big mystery on the thread the other day.
          Aaron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Amazingly, the lease was for 12,000 miles per year. Given that I didn't even drive that much in my gas-powered car, I'll still be well below that number when the lease is over.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          That's incredible! It is also as close to free motoring as we are ever going to get. I am assuming that this price is well below cost, as if not then iMiEVs at that price would rapidly become the most common car on the road.
        DaveMart
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aaron
        So, you got it at that price! Well done indeed! My heart always warms to fellow cheapskates! ;-)
          Spiffster
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          +1 for level 1 charging. I dont see any reason you would need anything faster for the iMEV, or for anyone with an average commute. Hell, for 69/mo this would make a worthwhile investment for someone who wants to supplement their gas car but have an EV for local commutes. I charge my Volt and will charge my (future) Empulse on level one. I MAY by level 2, but only if prices drop to 500 installed.
          Spec
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Yeah, I went for months with just a level 1 charger but I mostly work at home. But if you have a short commute, you can survive on level 1 only. And it is especially true of the Mitz-i which only has a 16KWH battery so you can easily fill it up every night with just a level 1 EVSE.
          Aaron
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Yeah. It took the finance person several calls to Ally Financial and a significant portion of the afternoon, but we got it done! My first EV! Oh, and the level 1 charge was plenty to go from 1/3 full to completely full overnight. That will save this cheapskate from having to buy a level 2 charger. It was just funny (ironic?) to see the first story on Autoblog Green this morning was a recall of the same model.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Year Ago
          @DaveMart
          Just be thankful you have bought an iMiEV with GS Yuasa batteries, and did not go for a Dreamliner with them! :-) Seriously, congratulations. The iMiEV is seriously underated in the US IMO. They are City cars, and so the size is fine.
      Giza Plateau
      • 1 Year Ago
      The one I tried certainly had strong brakes. I wanted to try them on the parking lot before getting up to speed, they bit so hard that the deceleration forced my foot stronger and stronger on the hair trigger brake that I came to an immediate stop. You get used to it but it's an interesting concept if the g forces are enough to make your foot brake harder and harder. I'd think cars will move to purely electrically actuated brakes instead of powered by air or hydraulics. Must be neater.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aaron, congratulations on your new i-MiEV purchase from the world's finest manufacturer of automobiles, Mitsubishi. I love these guys. I have a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS and it rocks mightily. I would be interested in an i-MiEV one day, too. I am interested in their new '14 Outlander under construction. I love it's AWD, regenerative braking and electric and generator driving modes, somewhat similar to the Chevy Volt. Both manufacturers really spend time and money perfecting these rigs. I'd just run my i-MiEV into the dealership immediately and the boys will get your Mitsu's brakes fixed up in no time. BTW-I prefer my Lancer GTS' front end to the new Mitsubishi Lancer GT's front end, the GT came out in model year 2011 and now offers AWD. I just don't like the 4-sided shape like the one above as much as ours. In ours, the red part just below the Mitsu logo extends all the way across the front horizontally, not with the blacked out area shown on the Lancer GT above. It certainly would not block a potential purchase of a new world order Lancer GT, however. Mitsubishi has worked on a Lancer GT that is a Hybrid model, I'd love an update on how that car is coming along, or if it's still in the pipeline.
      Levine Levine
      • 1 Year Ago
      iMev is a disaster. Leaf nearly so. RAV EV is a viable contender. Only the Tesla S has lived up to the expectation of EV.
        Spec
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Levine Levine
        You ever even driven any of these cars? I doubt it.
      Marco Polo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations Aaron !( and anyone else who took advantage of the excellent financial incentive to purchase an iMev). I hope you enjoy many happy hours of zero emission commuting ! i have only one note of pessimism. What if such offers don't lift iMev sales significantly ? Not only will the reputation of iMev be irreparably damaged, but the image of all small commuter EV's may suffer.
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