Mitsubishi says it is recalling more than half of the i-MiEVs it has built to date, due to a brake problem than can effect the performance of their EVs when they come to a halt.
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In total about 14,700 electric vehicles will be recalled, including some of those i-MiEVs re-badged as PSA/Peugeot-Citroens, also known as iOns and C-Zeros.
According to Mitsubishi, the vehicles may carry an improperly shaped or damaged 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 cause the vehicle to run a longer distance when braking before it comes to a complete halt. In an interview with Reuters, Tatsuo Yoshida, a senior analyst at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities in Tokyo said:
"This is a matter of one part, and it's too much to apply the issue to say there is something wrong with electric vehicles. The cause of the problem is identified and there were no accidents. But the problematic part is the brake, an important part for safety, and that means Mitsubishi Motors' quality check procedure is too weak."
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