NHSTA: 1,800+ Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recalled In US For Brake Issues

3 years ago by Jay Cole 6

1,810 i-MiEV (including some demos build in 2009) Were Recalled In The US

1,810 i-MiEV (including some demos build in 2009) Were Recalled In The US

The Recall Does Not Affect Newer/Recently Built (post March 25th) i-MiEVs

The Recall Does Not Affect Newer/Recently Built (post March 25th) i-MiEVs

All Mitsubishi model year cars between 2010 and 2014 have been recalled in the United States as a failure can occur in the brake vacuum pump.

And has most people enjoy stopping in a reasonable amount of distance, Mitsu is bring all the cars – some 1,810 worth, back to the shop for repairs.  The cars in the recall were build from September 15, 2009 to March 25, 2014.

Sidenote: if you are thinking what model year 2010 i-MiEVs build in 2009 ever made it to the US, well there was 4 demo cars sent over the pond…apparently they are still out there somewhere.

Noooo...I Regret Nothing!!!!

Noooo!!!!  …..I Regret Nothing!!!!

Per the NHSTA on the problem:

Description of the Defect: The brake vacuum pump may become inoperable.
Description of the Safety Risk : Brake vacuum pump inoperability may result in increased stopping distances, which can increase the risk of crash.
Description of the Cause : Due to either of the following two reasons, the brake vacuum pump may become inoperable:

  • 1) Improper programming of the EV-ECU, which controls the brake vacuum pump, may cause the ECU to falsely judge that the relay contact point is stuck.
  • 2) Due to the location of the brake vacuum pump exhaust hole, mud containing road salt could enter and adhere to it, causing the exhaust hole to be blocked from corrosion of the aluminum portion.

Identification of Any Warning that can Occur : The brake warning lamp will illuminate and an audible warning
will alert the vehicle operator when the brake vacuum pump
becomes inoperable.

As a solution, Mitsubishi will reprogram the software and/or replace the pump itself.

2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall Notes

2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall Notes

2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall Notes

2010-2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall Letter From Mitsu to the NHSTA On The Problem

More Love Notes

More Love Notes

NHSTA Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall (pg 1)

NHSTA Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall (pg 1)

NHSTA Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall (pg 2)

NHSTA Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recall (pg 2)

NHSTA via Autoblog

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6 responses to "NHSTA: 1,800+ Mitsubishi i-MiEV Recalled In US For Brake Issues"

  1. QCO says:

    Presumably one day the industry will move to purpose build electric brakes as has been the case for electric boosted steering.

    A vacuum pump to support vacuum boosted hydraulic brakes is somewhat arcane for an EV when you think about it. But even Tesla didn’t want to take the risk of tacking conventional brake technology, at least for now.

    1. Spec9 says:

      Yeah, someone needs to do that. The Vacuum pump in my EV is ridiculously loud.

  2. Phr3d says:

    SHU-ure hafta’ wonder if this is why we never got any MiEV’s.. mebbe Now they’ll start shipping them?

  3. Spec9 says:

    They’ve sold 1,810 of them? That’s not very much at all. Less than a month of Leaf sales.

    I’ve seen a couple of them but despite seeing EVs everyday where I live, they are pretty rare sighting.

    They need a new body design and a larger battery pack. 16KWH is just ridiculously low for a pure EV.

  4. 2EVnogasdriver says:

    My iMiev has higher consistent range than my 2011 Leaf. Now if I could only stop…..

    1. Aatheus says:

      Once you pop into an EV, you can’t stop!