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.