PhotoMitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) is recalling 144 model year 2016-2017 i-MiEV vehicles, equipped with certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger front airbag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger front air bag, the inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

What to do

MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge.

The recall was expected to begin December 15, 2017.

Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-17-008.

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