Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) announced that they will conduct a safety recall inspection campaign on the ASX, Outlander, Lancer Evolution and Lancer EX models. The said campaign is part of the earlier recall announced by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Japan.
A couple of months ago, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation recalled more than 830,000 vehicles worldwide to fix defective engine and brake parts. The affected vehicles include the Delica minivan, RVR, Outlander, Galant and Lancer Evolution models manufactured between October 2005 to 2011.
On that note, MMPC has released the details and scope of its safety recall inspection campaign. The safety recall will focus on three aspects which are as follows:
(1) Brake booster
MMPC said that the switch sleeve inside the brake booster is suspected to be improperly installed which may cause the brake pedal not to release and the vehicle unable to start. The coverage of this safety recall imspection are 27 ASX units sold in 2011.
(2) Brake lamp switch
Due to an insufficient conduction in the switch, MMPC says the brake lamp may not illuminate and may result to inability to move the shift lever out of 'Park' (P) position. The vehicles affected are 558 Outlander units sold from year 2007 to 2009.
(3) Engine drive belt pulley
According to MMPC, the pulley and auto tensioner may wear out due to an inappropriate material of the engine drive belt. Moreover, this may cause the drive belt to come off. With this, MMPC says the following vehicles are affected: 2,459 Lancer EX and Ralliart units sold from 2008 to 2011; 603 Outlander units sold from 2008 to 2009; 600 ASX units sold in 2011; and 8 Lancer Evolution X units sold from 2008 to 2010.
As of this writing, MMPC says there has been no reported failures or incidents related to the said issues.
Mr. Hikosaburo Shibata, President and CEO of MMPC sincerely apologizes to all affected customers for the inconvenience caused by this safety inspection recall. Mr. Shibata also said that the parts are expected to arrive this month.
MMPC and its dealers will contact customers with potentially affected units for proper scheduling of inspection and servicing at the dealer service centers.
In case these vehicles were already sold or passed on to another owner, MMPC have also published the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of all units potentially affected by this campaign at its website www.mitsubishi-motors.com.ph.