Power Assist of the Brakes May Fail
Brakes, January 25, 2013
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Our Quick Take:
The braking performance may be reduced due to a failed brake system vacuum pump.
What Should You Do?
As of this writing, Mitsubishi has not yet determined a notification schedule for this recall but if you are experiencing braking problems, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call. The Mitsubishi recall number is SR-13-001.
All modern braking systems use some type power assist. These vehicles use a vacuum pump to provide power assist to the braking system and some of these vacuum pumps can fail prematurely, causing reduced braking performance. This can result in increased stopping distances and therefore increasing the risk of a crash. Mitsubishi dealers will replace the effected vacuum pumps to correct this concern.
Mfr's Report Date:
January 25, 2013
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
SERVICE BRAKES , SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration