A minor but important problem with the sensors in the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system in some Mitsubishi i-MiEV models has led to a recall notice from Transport Canada and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall affects 49 vehicles in Canada and 261 in the States. According to NHTSA, “incompatibility between the air bag sensors and the self-diagnostic software may deactivate the frontal and side airbag system.” As a result, “the side and curtain air bags may not deploy in a crash for which those air bags were intended to deploy, increasing the risk of personal injury to the vehicle occupants.” And that’s a bad thing.
See recall notices for both Canada and the United States below. Related Gallery 2012 Mitsubishi i: First Drive Show full PR text Recall Date 2012/07/31 Notification Type Safety TC System Airbag Manufacturer Recall Number SR12-003 Units Affected 49 Category Car Recall Details On certain vehicles, sensors are incompatible with the self-diagnostic software used by the Safety Restraint System (SRS) system, causing the SRS warning lamp to illuminate when a diagnostic check occurs. If the vehicle were continue being operated with the warning lamp illuminated, the inflatable curtain and side impact airbags may not deploy or the front airbags may deploy late.
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