Mitsubishi Motors Corporation announced it would recall about 14,700 electric vehicles worldwide due to a brake problem specific to electric cars.
The recall is one of the biggest callbacks involving the new generation of EVs. Mitsubishi said that in Japan it would recall nearly 3,400 i-MiEV electric cars, as well as more than 2,400 MINICAB-MiEV vehicles. The rest of the recalled cars, about 8,900 i-MiEV vehicles, are overseas, mostly in Europe. Some of these cars have been sold as Peugeot iOns and Citroen C-Zeros, although Mitsubishi declined to say how many.
Mitsubishi said the recalled vehicles may have a damaged or improperly shaped electric pump, which sends air to the brake booster. The brake booster multiplies the forces applied from the foot and makes braking easier. A problematic pump may increase braking distance. No injuries or deaths have been reported and there is no risk of fire, Reuters quoted a spokesman saying.
He declined to disclose the cost of the recall, but added that the problematic part will be exchanged and the process will take about half an hour. The pump is not used in conventional cars, as the engine sends air to the brake booster.
The recall is one of the biggest involving electric vehicles and accounts for nearly half of Mitsubishi’s overall i-MiEV and MINICAB-MiEV production.