Mitsubishi Corrosion Issues Prompt New Recall

Cypress, Calif. — July 28, 2016 — Mitsubishi Motors North America recently recalled four different models over a period of 11 model years, according to an acknowledgment statement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Report. The statement said that approximately 174,382 vehicles are part of a new effort to address problems from possible corrosion in these vehicles.

Exposure to salt water, particularly through road salt, could wear away at sections of the suspension, as the NHTSA source said. If this occurs, the front control arm could detach completely, making it more difficult to control the vehicle.

Impacted models include the Lancer, Lancer Evolution, Lancer Wagon and Outlander, all of which are light four-door vehicles. The recall specifically applies to a range of 22 states and Washington D.C., including locations in New England and the Midwest. The regional distribution is important, because it indicates the areas where high salt density is especially problematic.

The Part 573 Report said that the first indication of this problem came from Canada in 2014. After this initial indication, the company began a two-year investigation culminating in the official recall decision itself June 13.

Though the report didn’t list a specific owner notification date, it did say the automaker would encourage owners to get their vehicles inspected. Corroded cross members will be replaced, while less severe instances may just require a sealing/anti-corrosion agent. Even though this recall was issued this summer, it follows the possible dangers of snow melt water on vehicle exteriors.

Dealers should identify the condition during an inspection. However, the report didn’t list any sign of the problem that owners would be able to tell on their own, meaning a dealer inspection might be necessary to determine if the issue exists.

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New Mitsubishi recalls concern windows, headlights

Detroit, MI — May 11, 2015 — The Associated Press recently reported on a pair of Mitsubishi recalls that affect different kinds of Lancer and Outlander vehicles. Though they apply to different faults in the affected cars, the two recalls do both concern problems that might make visibility difficult during a drive: one relates to windshield defroster blowers and the other to an electronic control unit (ECU) that may detract from windshield wipers and outer vehicle lights. The model years of all vehicles involve range from 2009 to 2011.

All together, the recalls account for a combined 130,400 cars, the majority of which are subject to the blower recall. This includes Lancer, Lancer Sportback, Lancer Evolution Outlander and Outlander Sport vehicles. The ECU recall pertains to the same cars, albeit in different years.

Of this latter defect, the official recall statement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that multiple problems could stem from the same source.

“Unstable voltage could result in intermittent failure of the vehicle’s head lights, tail lights, and windshield wipers,” it reads. “If the headlights and/or windshield wipers fail, the driver could have reduced visibility. If the tail lights fail, the vehicle could be less visible. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.” The statement traces the unstable voltage to a “manufacturing error” within the unit.

Although there is no notification schedule announced for either recall yet, both statements said that dealers will replace the affected parts for free. The similar models involved in both cases need to be considered separately, based on the specific conditions that dictate each one. Clearly communicated recall information is part of preparing for corrective actions and ensuring greater owner safety continues.

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