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Mitsubishi recalls some electric cars in US

Mitsubishi Motors is recalling a small number of its electric cars in the US due to faulty airbag sensors.

The Japanese automaker is recalling 261 of its 2012 model i-MiEV subcompact hatchbacks because an incompatibility between the airbag sensors and the self-diagnostic software could cause the front and side airbag systems to be deactivated.

This means the side and curtain airbags may not deploy, or the front airbags could deploy late in a crash, according to documents filed with US safety regulators.

If the airbag system were deactivated, a warning light would illuminate to alert the driver, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Mitsubishi, which will replace the sensors, was unaware of any injuries or accidents related to the issue, according to NHTSA documents.

A similar recall also will be launched in Canada, affecting 27 vehicles, according to NHTSA documents and Mitsubishi officials.

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