Those of you in the USA probably got this notice. I got it two days ago in standard postal mail.
Short version: They believe the original brake vacuum pump can fail from corrosion, leaving the driver with a sudden surprise of having no power brakes. (And that is a shocker.. surprising how hard you have to push without the power assist.)
The problem I face is my nearest Mitsubishi service is 192 miles away. Even if I had the fast-charge port, which I don't, it would be an onerous round trip.
So my first question is "How many of you who got this notice face a similar situation of nearest dealer to far away to reach on one charge?
And if so... what's your take on how to handle it?
Last time with the airbag recall after a lot of negotiating with Mitsubishi support I got them to put the 5 local MiEV's on a truck and haul them up and back for the recall. This time I'm going to try to get them to just send me, or a local mechanic, the part. If they're smart, they'll take that route. Here below is the communication I just sent Mitsubishi Customer support via their website:
I just received a safety related recall notice. But the nearest Mitsubishi dealer is Gladstone Mitsubishi and is 192 miles away. The car has only a 60 mile range on a full battery charge. So it would take at least two stops (probably 3 or 4) for charging, and takes at least 5 hours to fully recharge. In short, it is impossible for me to drive it up for the recall repair. Would take me several days driving in each direction. WHAT I WOULD LIKE: The repair involved is a relatively simple one that any half competent local mechanic can do. Even I could do it. I want you to send me the replacement brake vacuum pump, Or send it to a local non-Mitsubishi service department we agree on (such as Southern Oregon Subaru, which used to be your dealer) and authorize that you will pay for the service time. I would like to resolve this without having to contact the Vehicle Safety Hotline with a complaint about being "unable to get this repair made promptly at not cost." I note that the recall notice does mention that if an owner has already paid for this replacement on their own that Mitsubishi will reimburse the owner... So I see my request as consistent with your policy.
I also note this will be much less costly for your company than paying to have my vehicle transported by truck to Gladstone Mitsubishi for the recall.
Thank you for your time, help, and consideration.