Mitsubishi recalling 14,700 i-MiEV, iON, C-Zero electric vehicles

In one of the largest recalls of electric vehicles, Japanese automaker Mitsubishi Motors Corp. will recall about 14,700 electric vehicles globally due to brake issues, reports Reuters.

The recall consists of 5,800 electric vehicles in Japan and 8,900 vehicles from other countries, mostly Europe

Of the recalled vehicles, about 12,300 are i-MiEVs while 2,400 are Minicab-MiEVs.

About 9,000 electric vehicles are in Europe, and some are badged as PSA Peugeot iON and Citroen C-Zero models, says Reuters.

It’s not clear if the US version of the i is also affected, but there is not yet a recall notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website.

In what is likely the largest EV recall ever, Mitsubishi is recalling about 14,700 electric vehicles worldwide because of a braking issue, Reuters reports.

The recall stems from a faulty electric brake pump that’s supposed to send air to the brake booster, and the repair is said to take about 30 minutes. About 27,000 Mitsubishi i-MiEVs and i models have been sold since the model debuted overseas in mid-2009, meaning that about 45 percent of those vehicles are subject to the recall.

Mitsubishi sold 588 units of the i in the US last year, fewer than the limited-production Ford Focus Electric.

More recently, Consumer Reports reviewed the Mitsubishi and critiqued it for its lack of pep and cheap-looking finishes, among other things.