Airbag wiring corrosion prompts Mitsubishi Mirage recall

Snow and salt from a driver\'s shoes can cause the front airbag deployment to be delayed in a crash.

Mitsubishi has issued a recall for the 2014 and 2015 Mirage to fix a wiring corrosion problem.

The defect was first spotted in Canada in March 2014 when the company received a report of illuminated airbag warning lights on a vehicle in the field. An immediate investigation attempted to replicate the condition with water leaking from the roof, a spill, or entering the vehicle with heavy snow accumulation on the shoes, however a root cause could not be identified at the time.

A few more incidents were logged in Canada in 2014 and 2015, prompting a deeper investigation. Mitsubishi finally determined that snow containing road salt can melt and come into contact with a connector located in a junction box behind a kick panel to the left of the driver's foot rest.

"In the event of a crash, corrosion of the connector could delay deployment of the frontal air bags, increasing the risk of injury to the driver and the front seat passenger," recall documents warn.

The campaign is being handled on a regional basis in nearly two dozen "salt belt" states ranging from Minnesota to Rhode Island. Service technicians will inspect and replace the connectors if necessary, and install a waterproof sheet to prevent further corrosion.

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