Mitsubishi is recalling yet another batch of vehicles.
Poor Mitsubishi. They just got hit with a round of recalls earlier in January to the tune of 141,000 vehicles, and now they’re getting hit with another 227,000 vehicles in February. If this keeps up nearly every Mitsubishi on the road will have to head home for emergency repairs.
The only good news is that the recall doesn’t affect the 100,000 cars sold in 2017, so they should be safe, but at this rate, there’d be no surprise if they all get recalled next month.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration actually announced two separate faults in this latest round of recalls. The first one affects 170,354 cars and has to do with the parking brake. The affected cars are:
2014-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander
2016-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2013-2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
And there are actually two potential issues with the parking brake. One is "due to inadequate manufacturing process," which can cause all but the 2016 Outlander’s parking brake to flat out fail. Not exactly a great admission from a car manufacturer.
The second parking brake default is somewhat more complex. "Due to insufficient rust prevention to the shaft of parking brake and insufficient sealing performance of the rear brake caliper boot, water may penetrate inside the caliper and the parking brake operating shaft, causing the caliper body and the shaft corrosion." This one affects all the above Outlanders, including the 2016 model.
Now onto the second recall, which affects 56,641 cars of the following models:
2007-2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
2008-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer
2009-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2010-2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
There’s only one problem here, according to the NHTSA: "Due to inappropriate polyurethane materials of the outer frame that the sunroof glass is bonded to, the sunroof glass may detach from the sunroof assembly."
So, you could be driving down the highway, minding your own business, and your sunroof could come flying off without any warning. Cool.
And, just to put the icing on the recall cake, there’s some overlap between the models listed above and the earlier recall of 141,000 Mitsubishis due to an engine fault. So it’s possible for your car to have a faulty engine and a sunroof that’s no longer attached.
As usual, Mitsubishi will be in touch and make repairs free of charge. And if your sunroof flew off and killed someone, contact Mitsubishi customer service.