For the past few days, social media sites have been on overdrive as Mitsubishi's top selling SUV, the Montero Sport, came under fire over alleged cases of unintended acceleration, as mentioned in a certain blog.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) was quick to address the issue, flying in engineers and product specialists from Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) and inspect one such example of an errant car, concluding that the vehicle and its components had not malfunctioned. The culprit found by the investigation: the driver's side floormat interfering with the accelerator pedal.
The concerned blog that initiated the incident has already been taken down.
Below is the complete statement from Mitsubishi.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp (MMPC) has received complaints of unintended acceleration on the Montero Sport.
Upon receiving these complaints on unintended acceleration, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) Japan, dispatched its engineers last February to investigate the claim. The investigation yielded that all the components (Fuel Injection system, Pedal, Engine Control Unit or ECU, Wiring harness,etc.) and software are operating normally within specifications. MMC will also investigate the latest reported cases of unintended acceleration claims.
In addition, we would like to note that the electronic throttle system of the Montero Sport has undergone extensive testing not only during its development but also during mass production to ensure that it will function the way it was designed to.
If you are a Montero Sport owner and in any way bothered by these "Montero Sudden Acceleration" internet blogs, you may bring your vehicle to any Mitsubishi Motors service center nationwide for a free check up. Meantime, we also encourage every owner/driver to read the owner's manual as there are important reminders on the proper driving procedures most especially for automatic transmission vehicles (please see http://www.mmpc.ph/safety-reminders.php).
MMPC would like to assure the public that every vehicle developed by MMC and its components undergo extensive testing and are of the highest quality level and that we are committed to your utmost satisfaction and safety.