Mitsubishi Motors Corp. is recalling 261 of its 2012 model i-MiEV subcompact hatchbacks in the United States over the risk that it may have a defect that deactivates its front and side air bag systems. Mitsubishi is recalling those all-electric subcompact hatchbacks due to an incompatibility between the self-diagnostic software and the air bag sensors that may trigger the side and curtain air bags not to deploy, or the front air bags to deploy late in a crash, according to documents the Japanese automaker filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. If the air bag system were deactivated, a warning light would illuminate to alert the driver, according to documents filed with the safety regulators. With the recall, Mitsubishi plans to replace the sensors. The company said in the NHTSA documents that it was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue. The same documents, as well as statements by Mitsubishi officials, confirmed the carmaker will also conduct a similar recall of up to 49 vehicles in Canada.
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