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2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV (Michael Bettencourt for The Globe and Mail)
2012 Mitsubishi iMiEV (Michael Bettencourt for The Globe and Mail)

Mitsubishi recalls i-MiEV electric cars for brake problem Add to ...

Mitsubishi is recalling 14,700 of its i-MiEV electric cars worldwide, including a number in Canada, because a brake pump can fail.

The auto maker said Tuesday that the recall affects 2012 models made from Dec. 2, 2011 through Sept. 7, 2012.

Mitsubishi has sold just over 200 across Canada since the Dec. 2011 launch, but the precise number involved in the recalled was still being determined.

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“We’ve notified Transport Canada that certain 2012 i-MiEV models may be affected by this issue,” John Arnone, Mitsubishi Canada manager of public relations, said in an e-mail.

“... A customer letter is in the works and will be issued as soon as our replacement parts allotment is completed.”

About 1,400 vehicles in the United States, including some still on dealer lots, are covered by the recall.

Mitsubishi said in documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a defective vacuum pump can stop working. That can reduce braking power, increase stopping distances and raise the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi said no crashes or injuries have been reported.

The problem was discovered when the company got a complaint from a customer in Japan.

Mitsubishi will notify owners and replace the pumps free of charge. The company has not yet announced a schedule for the notification or repairs.

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