Mitsubishi recall on the 2018 Eclipse Cross.

Mitsubishi is recalling 68,000 SUVs because of bad software in two different engine-control units (ECUs), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In one of the two actions, the automaker is recalling 58,916 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of faulty software in the hydraulic unit ECU—the computer control system for the brake system.

According to NHTSA, the software problem could cause some features—such as adaptive cruise control (ACC); forward-collision mitigation (FCM), which is a combination of forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking; and antilock brakes (ABS)—to not work as expected.


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In the second action, Mitsubishi is recalling 9,166 of its 2018 Eclipse Cross, 2017 to 2018 Outlander, and 2018 Outlander Sport SUVs because of bad software in the computer control for the FCM system.

According to NHTSA, if the FCM system detects a pedestrian in front of the vehicle who could be hit, that ECU may activate the brake for longer than necessary, even when the obstacle is no longer detected. There’s concern that when this happens, the driver may provide additional braking, making the SUV slow rapidly and increasing the risk of a rear-end collision, NHTSA says.

Mitsubishi did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment and details.

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The Details for the Hydraulic ECU Recall

Vehicles recalled: 58,916 SUVs, including:

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs equipped with FCM system manufactured in the Okazaki, Japan, plant from Aug. 8, 2017, through March 13, 2018
  • 2017 to 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs equipped with ACC and/or electric parking brake (EPB) system manufactured in the Okazaki plant from Aug. 1, 2016, through April 6, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs equipped with ACC and/or EPB, manufactured in the Gifu, Japan, plant from Nov. 3, 2017, through April 6, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUVs equipped with ACC and/or EPB manufactured from Nov. 13, 2017, through April 9, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUVs equipped with ACC system and/or EPB, built from Dec. 26, 2017, through April 12, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs equipped with FCM, manufactured in Kurashiki, Japan, from Dec. 21, 2017, through April 13, 2018

The problem: Because of inappropriate software in the hydraulic unit ECU, the ECU can reset. If that happens, the following conditions may occur:

  • If the ACC and/or FCM system is in operation, automatic braking will be canceled.
  • If ABS is in operation, wheels will lock momentarily.
  • If ESC is in operation, it will be will be canceled momentarily.
  • If brake auto hold is in operation, the brake will be released. According to Mitsubishi, brake auto hold keeps a vehicle stationary even if drivers release their foot from the brake pedal.

The fix: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified, and dealers will reprogram the hydraulic unit ECU software. The repair will be performed at no charge to owners. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 16, 2018.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-18-008.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V621

Mitsubishi recall on the Outlander Sport

The Details on the FCM ECU Recall

Vehicles recalled: 9,166 SUVs equipped with FCM, including:

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV SUVs built from Nov. 13, 2017, through June 25, 2018
  • 2018 to 2019 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross SUVs built from Dec. 26, 2017, through June 21, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs built in the Okazaki, Japan, plant from Aug. 8, 2017, through Dec. 4, 2017
  • 2017 to 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs built in the Okazaki plant from Aug. 1, 2016, through June 13, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs manufactured in the Gifu, Japan, plant from Nov. 3, 2017, through June 13, 2018
  • 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs manufactured in Kurashiki, Japan, from Jan. 12, 2018, through June 25, 2018

The problem: Faulty software in the FCM ECU. When the FCM system detects a pedestrian in front of the vehicle who could be hit, the FCM ECU may activate the brake for longer than necessary. Drivers may be prompted to slam the brake when not necessary. This could increase the risk of a rear-end collision, NHTSA says.

The fix: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified, and dealers will reprogram the FCM ECU software. The repair will be performed at no charge to owners. The recall is expected to begin Oct. 16, 2018.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820. Mitsubishi’s number for this recall is SR-18-007.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V620

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