Mitsubishi is recalling 140,000 vehicles due to an engine fault.
Mitsubishi is off to a good start in 2018. The Japanese carmaker famous for their slightly sporty, slightly off-roady cars has been struggling in recent years, losing ground to the likes of slightly more sporty and off-roady Subaru. Last year was a ray of hope for the beleaguered carmaker as they sold over 100,000 cars for the first time in nearly a decade.
And now they’re recalling 140,000. Poor guys just can’t win.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates 141,053 cars are defective due to an engine default. The cars affected are all made between 2008 and 2012 and feature Mitsubishi’s 4B11, a 2.0L four-banger that puts out around 150 horses, depending on what else is done to it. In the case of affected cars, it puts out no horses since the engine stalls.
According to the NHTSA report, the affected cars are:
2009-2012 Mitsubishi Lancer
2008-2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
2010-2012 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
2011-2012 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
The Lancer and Outlander are Mitsubishi’s top sellers, so this comes as a bit of a blow.
As for what’s wrong with ‘em, the report says, "Due to repetition of high load operations, the flange of the drive belt automatic tensioner may crack, causing the drive belt detachment." The drive belt is the thing that powers your alternator, power steering, and air conditioner, so you’d notice if the thing goes.
"If the drive belt detaches, the alternator will not charge the battery, causing engine stall, and/or the power steering assist will be disabled, increasing the risk of a crash." Your A/C will also stop working, which certainly increases your risk of a road rage incident if you’re stuck on the interstate at rush hour in the summer.
Owners of the affected models will be contacted and Mitsubishi will fix the problem free of charge. Those of you who have incurred financial losses (for example, the flaming hulk of a previously pristine Lancer) can contact Mitsubishi customer support for restitution.