WASHINGTON – Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 25,185 2014-’15 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchbacks registered or sold in cold-weather states for an electrical system problem that could delay deployment of the front airbags, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“If the driver enters an affected vehicle with their boots covered with snow mixed with road salt, the melting snow may soak through the carpet and cause corrosion to a wiring connector located in a junction box behind a kick panel to the left of the driver’s footrest,” said NHTSA in its recall summary.
“In the event of a crash, corrosion of the connector could delay deployment of the frontal airbags, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and the front seat passenger.”
Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak told Edmunds no accidents, injuries or fatalities have been linked to the recall.
The problem was discovered following reports from Canada, the automaker told federal safety regulators.
The affected vehicles were built from August 7, 2013, to September 2, 2015.
Mitsubishi dealers will inspect the affected connectors, replacing any that are corroded. A waterproof sheet will be installed over the connectors to prevent future corrosion.
A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact your dealer now.