Mitsubishi Recalls More Pajero Cars Over Airbag Glitch, Including 13,139 Sold in Chinese Mainland



(Yicai Global) March 30 -- Mitsubishi Motor Sales (China) Co. called back more than 13,000 Pajero cars due to a safety issue found in its airbags.

The company recently filed the recall notification with the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, saying some imported Pajero (2010-2013) cars produced between Jan. 6, 2010 and Nov. 22, 2012 will be recalled starting from June 5, 2017, the regulator stated on its website today.

A total of 13,139 Mitsubishi Pajero cars sold in the Chinese mainland are affected, company statistics suggest. Due to a defect caused by a supplier, the gas generating agent in the safety airbag at the passenger seat may deteriorate after prolonged exposure to repeated temperature and moisture changes, and the gas generator container may be damaged when the airbag explodes, causing injuries to occupants inside. The company will check the vehicles recalled and replace the gas generator for the passenger seat free of charge.

It is a follow-up to the ‘Recall of Some Imported Pajero Cars by Mitsubishi Motor Sales (China) Co.’ launched by the company on Nov. 24 last year. The reason for the expanded recall is that some replacement parts are in short supply, and the recall has to be conducted in separate phases, it said.

According to the company’s recall plan issued on Nov. 14, imported Pajero (2008-2010) cars produced between Dec. 6, 2007 and Dec. 26, 2009 will be called back starting from March 16, 2017. Company data show that 3,804 cars sold in the Chinese mainland are affected.

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