A recall has been issued for certain 2012 through 2014 model-year Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars to address an issue with the brake-vacuum pump.

Problems with the pumps could arise from either faulty software or corrosion resulting from exposure to road salt.

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In either case, the pump could stop functioning, eliminating braking power assist.

While the brakes will still work in a car with a non-functioning pump, stopping distances can increase significantly as more physical is required to apply the brakes.

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2014 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

Mitsubishi dealers will either reprogram the brake-vacuum pump, replace it, or do both, free of charge.

The carmaker has not set a date for the recall to begin, but it will notify owners of when to take their cars to the dealers for servicing.

Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars affected were built between September 15, 2009 and March 25, 2014--a total of 1,810 cars altogether.

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Note that the i-MiEV was first sold in the U.S. in late 2011 as a 2012 model, but this recalls covers cars that were built some time before that.

Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820 The reference number for this recall is SR-14-07.

In addition, the recall can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safercar.gov website under ID number 14V522000.


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