SR-17-008 - Passenger Side Frontal Air Bag Inflator - 2016-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

NHTSA Campaign Number: 17V793
Manufacturer Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Components AIR BAGS
Potential Number of Units Affected 144

 

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Inflator May Rupture

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

 

Summary

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling all 2016-2017 i-MiEV vehicles, equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

 

Remedy

MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began on December 15, 2017. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-17-008.

 

Notes

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

 

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SUBJECT:

i-MiEV PASSENGER SIDE FRONTAL AIR BAG INFLATOR - SAFETY RECALL CAMPAIGN

No: SR-17-008
DATE: December 2017
MODEL: 2016 - 2017 i-MiEV
CIRCULATE TO: [ X ] GENERAL MANAGER [ X ] PARTS MANAGER [ X ] TECHNICIAN
[ X ] SERVICE ADVISOR [ X ] SERVICE MANAGER [ X ] WARRANTY PROCESSOR [ X ] SALES MANAGER

 

PURPOSE

This campaign bulletin instructs dealers to replace the passenger side frontal air bag inflator with one from a different supplier. Dealers must return the subject air bag inflator per the instructions in the Parts Information section of this procedure.

 

BACKGROUND

Based upon a Defect Information Report submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by TK Holdings (Takata), MMNA is recalling certain 2016-2017 i-MiEV vehicles.

Affected vehicles are equipped with a specific type of passenger side frontal air bag inflator provided by Takata that could be susceptible to rupture, due to excessive internal pressure, during a normal air bag deployment event. This condition is more likely to occur if the vehicle has been exposed to high levels of absolute humidity for an extended period of time.

 

AFFECTED VEHICLES

2016 - 2017 i-MiEV

IMPORTANT

 

CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION

A letter will be sent to all owners of affected vehicles telling them to visit their certified i-MiEV Mitsubishi Motors dealer to have the passenger side frontal air bag inflator replaced. A sample customer notification letter appears at the end of this bulletin.

 

REQUIRED OPERATIONS

Before starting this campaign procedure, CHECK THE WARRANTY SUPERSCREEN to verify if the vehicle is an affected VIN for this campaign and that this campaign procedure has not already been completed.

 

REQUIRED EQUIPMENT

  • VCI (Vehicle Communication Interface) or VCI Lite - MB991824 or MB992744V.
  • MEDIC Laptop/Tablet with A/C power adapter - MIT540031 or FZG1MK2.
  • MUT-III main harness 'A' (blue connector at the DLC end) - MB991910 or MB992745V.
  • USB 2.0 cable - RRAR1MBR108GL.
  • Clean Gloves

 

REMOVAL PROCEDURE

Caution! Before starting work, and periodically while working on the vehicle, touch a metallic part of the vehicle with bare hands to discharge static electricity.

Warning! Never attempt to disassemble or repair the air bag modules or clock spring. If faulty, replace it.

Warning! Do not drop the air bag modules or allow contact with water, grease or oil. Replace it if a dent, crack, deformation or rust is detected.

Warning! The air bag modules should be stored on a flat surface and facing upward. Do not place anything on top of it.

Warning! Do not expose the air bag modules to temperatures over 93C (200o F).

negative (-) auxiliary battery cable
  1. Record the radio station presets. Disconnect the negative (-) auxiliary battery cable and insulate the terminal with electrical tape.

Warning! Wait at least 60 seconds after disconnecting the auxiliary battery cable before doing any further work, to prevent accidental air bag deployment.

Warning! Battery posts, terminals, and related accessories contain lead and lead compounds. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING.

touch a metallic part of the vehicle CAUTION: ELIMINATE STATIC ELECTRICITY
Before starting work, and periodically while working on the vehicle, touch a metallic part of the vehicle with bare hands to discharge static electricity.
front passenger's air bag module harness side connector
  1. Open the glove box, and if necessary, remove the glove box.
  2. Locate the front passenger's air bag module harness side connector.
front passenger's air bag module harness side connector
  1. Identify the compressible connector sleeve (a).
  2. Compress the sleeve in the direction of the arrow (b).
  3. Disconnect the harness connector (c).
air bag module harness' plastic clip
  1. Gently pry the air bag module harness' plastic clip from the metal dash brace.
Unbolt the air bag module
  1. Unbolt the air bag module from the metal dash brace.
Remove the air bag module
  1. Remove the air bag module and air bag module cover.

NOTE: Do NOT scratch or damage the dash or air bag module cover.

IMPORTANT: Do NOT discard the air bag module cover as it will be reused.

Caution! Do NOT damage the air bag module cover or the air bag module during removal.

Caution! The air bag module, and especially the air bag components, must be protected from adhesive, dirt, dust and sharp items.

air bag module
  1. Place the air bag module on a clean work bench covered with a new, clean, static-free cloth/sheet with the air bag module cover facing down.
  2. Identify the air bag module and air bag module cover.
  3. Light surface rust may be present on the inflator surface. This is normal and does not affect the functionality of the inflator.
Identify the Front and Back sides
  1. Identify the Front and Back sides of the air bag module cover.
clear the hooks from the holes
  1. Rotate the air bag module toward the Back side, in the direction of the arrow (1), to clear the hooks from the holes.
Verify that the (7) hooks appear retracted
  1. Verify that the (7) hooks appear retracted from the air bag module cover.
lightly pull the air bag module cover
  1. Using gloved hands, lightly pull the air bag module cover in the direction of the arrow (1) until there is sufficient gap for the hooks to clear the air bag module cover.
  2. Rotate the air bag module in the direction of the arrow (2) until the hooks have cleared the air bag module cover.
Continue rotating the air bag module until it fully separates from the cover
  1. Continue rotating the air bag module until it fully separates from the cover.
Retrieve the new, replacement air bag module for air bag module cover installation
  1. Retrieve the new, replacement air bag module for air bag module cover installation.

CAUTION: Do NOT pull on the harness or hold the harness while handling the air bag inflator module. The harness may separate or disconnect as a result.

 

AIR BAG MODULE COVER INSTALLATION

Do NOT misalign the air bag module and air bag module cover CAUTION: Do NOT misalign the air bag module and air bag module cover.
Verify that the replacement air bag inflator module appears intact
  1. Verify that the replacement air bag inflator module appears intact. Light surface rust may be present on the inflator surface. This is normal and does not affect the functionality of the inflator.
Identify the Front and Back sides of the air bag module cover
  1. Identify the Front and Back sides of the air bag module cover.
Align the warning label side of the air bag module toward the Front of the air bag module cover
  1. Align the warning label side of the air bag module toward the Front of the air bag module cover. Hook the air bag module into the appropriate air bag module cover holes.

NOTE: There are 4 silver hooks on the Front side.

Confirm that the air bag module is correctly hooked into place
  1. Confirm that the air bag module is correctly hooked into place.
Rotate the air bag module toward the Back side
  1. Rotate the air bag module toward the Back side of the air bag module cover until the hooks protrude from and latches into the appropriate holes.

NOTE: There are 6 silver hooks on the Back side.

Confirm that the air bag module is correctly hooked into place
  1. Confirm that the air bag module is correctly hooked into place.
Confirm that the harness is correctly fixed in the air bag module bracket
  1. Confirm that the harness is correctly fixed in the air bag module bracket.
Verify that the air bag module and air bag module cover appear as illustrated
  1. Verify that the air bag module and air bag module cover appear as illustrated.
Confirm that the air bag module and air bag module cover are correctly aligned
  1. Confirm that the air bag module and air bag module cover are correctly aligned.
  2. Confirm that the harness is not lodged between the air bag module and air bag module cover.

 

REINSTALLATION PROCEDURE

Do NOT pull on the harness or hold the harness while handling the air bag inflator module CAUTION: Do NOT pull on the harness or hold the harness while handling the air bag inflator module. The harness may separate or disconnect as a result.
Reinstall the air bag module
  1. Reinstall the air bag module and cover into the vehicle.
Bolt the air bag module
  1. Bolt the air bag module to the metal dash brace to 44±8 in-lb (5.0 ± 1.0 Nm).
Connect the air bag module harness' plastic clip
  1. Connect the air bag module harness' plastic clip to the metal dash brace.
  2. Reconnect the front passenger's air bag module harness side connector.
  3. If applicable, reinstall the glove box.
  4. Close the glove box.
reconnect the negative (-) auxiliary battery terminal
  1. Remove the electrical tape and reconnect the negative (-) auxiliary battery terminal. Tighten the clamp nut to 44±8 in-lb (5.0 ± 1.0 Nm).
“SRS” warning light
  1. Turn the electric motor switch to the “ON” position. If the “SRS” warning light illuminates continuously (does not extinguish after eight seconds), troubleshoot per the applicable service manual, Group 52B - Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) > SRS Air Bag Diagnosis > SRS Warning Light Check.
  1. Input radio station presets and set the clock, if applicable.

 

ERASE AND READ DTCs FROM ALL ECUs

  1. Connect the equipment as follows:
  • Turn the laptop computer/tablet on.
  • Connect the USB cable to the VCI/VCI Lite.
  • When the laptop displays the MUT-III main screen, connect the USB cable to the laptop.
  • Connect the MUT-III main harness 'A' with the blue DLC connector to the VCI Lite.
  • Connect the blue connector of the MUT-III main harness 'A' to the vehicle's data link connector.

NOTE: VCI Lite and laptop shown for illustration purposes only.

VCI Lite and laptop

  1. Turn the electric switch to the “ON” position. Confirm the “READY” light is displayed.

NOTE: Ensure all accessories are off (e.g. lights, heating and AC system, audio/navi unit, etc…).

  1. From the MEDIC main page:
    1. Click on MUT-III SE.
    2. Select “All DTCs.”
    3. Select “Erase and read all DTCs.” If any DTCs appear, troubleshoot per the applicable service manual.

 

PARTS INFORMATION

Use only the Genuine Mitsubishi Parts listed below:

Description Part Number Quantity
Kit, Air Bag Inflator 7030A918 1

IMPORTANT: Do NOT deploy any inflator.

Return the removed air bag inflator module to Takata by contacting the following Takata USA representatives directly to obtain the appropriate return shipping documents:

Miguel Prigadaa, Armando Rodriguez
Phone: 210-250-5079
Email: [email protected]

The removed air bag inflator modules are to be returned to Takata once per week. If you have NOT accumulated 6 inflator modules after one week, follow the return procedures on page 15. If you have accumulated 6 or more inflator modules after one week, follow the inflator return procedures on page 16.

There will not be a system generated material return request. Regardless, the campaign claim is subject to chargeback if the replaced air bag inflator is not returned to Takata. Please make sure you keep a copy of proof of shipment with the repair order.

As the shipper, you are responsible for proper packing and document completion. The person packaging the inflator must have received hazardous material training per 49 CFR 172.702, and the training records must be on file at your dealership. The US Department of Transportation will impose substantial fines and/or penalties on the shipper if either packaging, labeling or documentation is not properly prepared and Customer Copy of OP 900PRP form is not kept on file for a minimum of 2 years.

DO NOT SHIP REPLACED INFLATORS TO MMNA. SHIP ONLY TO TAKATA.

DO NOT SHIP REPLACED INFLATORS TO MMNA. SHIP ONLY TO TAKATA.

DO NOT SHIP REPLACED INFLATORS TO MMNA. SHIP ONLY TO TAKATA.

 

WARRANTY INFORMATION

There is only one repair scenario for this campaign.

# Repair Procedure Campaign
Operation
Labor Time
Allowance
Part Number
1 Replace air bag inflator kit C1709E01 0.4 hours 7030A918

Enter all claims as claim type 'C' - Recall/Campaign Claims

Please follow the campaign instructions when entering each claim in order to select the applicable operation codes that correctly match up with the work that was actually performed. A claim example is provided below.

 

Claim Header Section: Air Bag Inflator Replacement

Claim Header Section

After entering the required customer data, vehicle information and applicable campaign operation number, hitting the “Save and Continue” button will automatically fill-in several fields. Please note that there is only 1 possible repair scenario for this campaign.

 

PARTS:

There is only one repair scenario and it requires the replacement of the passenger air bag inflator.

Scenario #1 - on 2016-2017MY i-MiEV vehicles - replace the air bag inflator kit.
Part# 7030A918.

No other parts are needed or allowed to be claimed.

PARTS

 

LABOR:

The full service campaign labor operation number C1709E01 and the allowed labor time of 0.4 hours will be automatically entered as a result of the 'Repair Performed' scenario selected from the “Vehicle” page.

LABOR

 

PARTS RETURN:

Return the removed air bag inflator module to Takata by contacting the following Takata USA representatives directly to obtain the appropriate return shipping documents. Failure to return a replaced module to Takata may result in a chargeback of the campaign claim.

Miguel Prigadaa, Armando Rodriguez

Phone: 210-250-5079

Email: [email protected]

 

RENTAL CARS AND/OR TOWING CHARGES:

If there is a need to provide the owner with a rental car and/or tow their vehicle, claim the applicable charges in this section of the claim on the lower portion of the labor entry screen.

RENTAL CARS AND/OR TOWING CHARGES

SR-17-008


December 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCRIT-17V793-8474.pdf

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December 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCONL-17V793-4492.pdf

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December 14, 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCMN-17V793-8316.pdf

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December 13, 2017

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RCAK-17V793-4677.pdf

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