Recall Roundup: Chevrolet Impala Police Cars, Mitsubishi i-MiEV
2008-2012 Chevrolet Impala PPV
The Problem: The front lower control arms could fracture and separate from its handling bushing sleeve, which could potentially reduce handling and steering control as the control arms support the vehicles' wheels. General Motors has yet to learn of any crashes caused by the control arm issue, and the recall does not extend to consumer vehicles. This is now the second recall involving the suspension on the Impala PPV - GM previously recalled 2007-2008 cars for faulty rods in the rear suspension linkage.
The Fix: GM will notify municipalities next Tuesday, August 21, and dealers will replace the right-hand and left-hand front lower control arms at no cost.
Number of Vehicles Affected: 36,413 2008-2012 Chevrolet Impala PPV police vehicles. No consumer (non-police) vehicles are affected by the recall.
2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV
The Problem: The airbag sensor and self-diagnostic system may be incompatible, which would cause a deactivation of the frontal and side airbag systems. If the sensor and the system are, in fact, incompatible, the SRS warning light will illuminate on the gauge cluster. It could also keep the side and curtain airbags from deploying in a crash, increasing the chance of injury for occupants in the i-MiEV.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the sensors with new units that are compatible with the self-diagnostic system. The fix will be done free of charge and Mitsubishi will notify owners, who can contact the automaker at 1-800-888-0037 regarding recall number SR-12-003.
Number of Vehicles Affected: Just 261 2012 Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric cars are being recalled; the affected vehicles were built between November 4 and December 22, 2011.
Source: GM, NHTSA