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Mitsubishi recalls iMiEVs over airbag fault
Takata troubles: The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is the latest in a long line of vehicles to have its defective Takata-branded airbags recalled.
Electric Mitsubishi iMiEVs built between 2010-11 recalled for defective airbag
28 March 2017
MITSUBISHI has issued a recall for 177 examples of its short-lived i-MiEV
electric car over a fault in the airbag that can lead to metal fragments being
ejected into the cabin in the event of a crash.
The recall, posted on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
product safety website, affects GA and GB series i-MiEVs built between February
2010 and December 2011, which then went on sale between 30 March 2010 and 20
At fault is the i-MiEV’s passenger side front airbag inflator, which in the
event of an accident can shoot metal fragments into the cabin, increasing the
risk of injury to occupants.
The i-MiEV is fitted with Takata airbags, and is the latest in a huge list of
vehicles to be affected by the brand’s defective airbags.
Takata, the Japanese airbag manufacturer, has been embroiled in a scandal for
the better part of a decade over the fitment of defective airbags that have
resulted in injury and at least 16 deaths worldwide, and the global recall of
over 30 million vehicles across a wide range of manufacturers including BMW,
Honda, Daimler, Toyota, Ford, Subaru, Nissan and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.
None of the recorded deaths resulting from the Takata fault have been in
There have been no reports of exploding airbag inflators in Australian i-MiEVs.
Owners of affected vehicles will be contacted by Mitsubishi via mail once
replacement parts become available, and will be advised to present their
vehicle to their preferred dealer to have the issue rectified.
Other Mitsubishi vehicles have also been recalled over the same issue
previously, including a recall that went out in September last year relating to
Pajero SUVs from 2007 up to 2016, that shot metal fragments into the cabin.
Models that previously suffered the same problem include Triton pick-ups from
2007-2014, and Lancer sedan and wagons manufactured between June 2003 and the
end of 2008, which were fitted with Takata airbags.
Just last month Takata plead guilty to a felony charge in a US federal court,
being forced to hand over $US1 billion ($A1.3b) as part of a settlement deal
with the justice department which includes compensation for victims of the
inflators and car-makers.
The settlement was approved by US District Court judge George Steeh, despite
lawyers representing the victim’s families claiming that the car manufacturers
were also culpable.
Fines could have potentially totalled up to $US1.5b, but the judge opted not to
impose the full amount to ensure Takata did not go bankrupt, which would delay
the replacement of millions of faulty inflators.