Mitsubishi recalls electric cars for brake problem

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Associated Press

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 5 at 11:01 AM

DETROIT (AP) — Mitsubishi is recalling about 1,400 of its i-MiEV ((EYE-meev)) electric cars in the U.S. because a brake pump can fail.

The automaker says the recall affects 2012 models made from Dec. 2, 2011 through Sept. 7, 2012.

A defective vacuum pump can stop working. That can reduce braking power, increase stopping distances and raise the risk of a crash.

Mitsubishi says 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.

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