Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) officially said that its Montero Sport vehicles are “free from design and manufacturing defects that could cause sudden unintended acceleration (SUA). This was announced by MMPC during the company’s press conference held at EDSA Shangri-la.
Speaking during the launch, MMPC First Vice President Froilan Dytianquin said that through their investigation, SUA is not possible on the Montero Sport.
“SUA is not possible on the Montero Sport from a technical viewpoint. There are safety check systems on the Montero Sport electronics which will eventually allow the Montero Sport to go to safe mode in case sensors fail,” said Dytianquin.
Aside from Dytianquin, MMPC Sr. Manager Marketing Services Arlan Reyes Jr. and AVP Service Department David Doctor were also preset in the press con.
Since 2011, MMPC said that they have been implementing proactive countermeasures in an effort to adhere the issue at hand. The following countermeasures are the following:
(1) Mandatory use of authorized floor mats.
(2) Technical service letter issuance regarding installation of caution sticker for A/T Montero Sport.
(3) Product Enhancement: Brake Override System (BOS). MMPC explained that if the brake and accelerator pedals are applied at the same time while driving, the engine ECU gives priority to the brakes by shutting off the fuel injection.
(4) Product Enhancement: installation of Shift Lock System. This system prevents the vehicle from being shifted out of the “P” position unless the brake pedal is depressed.
(5) Nationwide Free Check-up. MMPC said that since September 8, 2011 to present, the company have been conducting free vehicle check-up for the Montero Sport.
Dytianquin added that MMPC will support and cooperate with the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) initiative to investigate the SUA issue.
When asked about the upcoming investigation by the DTI, Dytianquin said that the company “believes that the investigation will be fair. We are confident that we will be vindicated after the investigation.”
For now, MMPC said that all Montero Sport owners may visit any of their service centers nationwide for a free vehicle check-up. During the check-up, our qualified personnel will re-orient the owners on the “best and safest way of operating the vehicle.”
One media outlet has alleged that there have been 97 cases of Montero Sport-related SUA. After Mitsubishi's investigation, of the 97 only 3 have filed with the DTI. 2 of the 3 have been resolved by the DTI as driver error. 1 more is still under investigation.