Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) has issued a safety inspection bulletin on certain models due to faulty airbag inflators.
According to the automaker, the propellant (ammonium nitrate) used in the airbag inflator may have deteriorated over the years. As a result, the inflator itself may rupture at the time of deployment which can cause injury or death.
Specific model years of vehicles affected by the airbag safety inspection include the following:
2005 – 2008 Fuzion
2006 – 2009 Lancer
2009 – 2010 Lancer Evolution IX
2007 – 2014 L200 and Strada
2007 – 2016 Pajero
So far, MMPC said that there have been no injuries or fatalities caused by the defective airbag inflator. However, customers that wish to check if their vehicle is part of the recall can go to this link and have their VIN checked and verified.
Should the vehicle be part of the recall, customers can contact their preferred Mitsubishi Motors dealership for the schedule of servicing appointment. The inspection and/or replacement of the faulty inflator may take about one hour (two hours for the Lancer, Evo and Fuzion) and will be free of charge.
MMPC deeply apologizes to its affected valued customers for any inconvenience in connection with this safety inspection campaign.
This is not the first time MMPC has issued a safety recall on certain models due to a faulty airbag inflator. Back in March 2016, the company issued an airbag recall on numerous Lancer, Evoultion IX and Fuzion models. There was also another airbag-related safety bulletin for select Strada and L200 variants in July 2016.