A Mitsubishi Outlander Sport that's included in the latest Mitsubishi recall.

Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 141,200 Lancer, Lancer Sportback, Outlander, and Outlander Sport vehicles because parts of their front suspensions may become corroded from saltwater exposure. The corroded parts could lead to other suspension components detaching, leading to a loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall only covers models that were originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

These states are in the "Salt Belt" region, where road salt is used in the winter, which can be a major factor in the corrosion.

Mitsubishi has not yet responded to a request by CR for further comment on this problem. The company expects to notify dealers of the recall by May 29, 2020, and owners should begin receiving notifications beginning July 14, 2020.

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Mitsubishi Lancer

The Details

  • 2008-2010 Mitsubishi Lancers
  • 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer Sportbacks
  • 2008-2013 Mitsubishi Outlanders
  • 2011-2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sports
The models were sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.


The problem:
 Exposure to road salt and/or salt water may cause corrosion on front cross members in the suspension, which could cause the front control arms to detach.

The fix: Dealerships will inspect the cross members to determine the level of corrosion. The remedy is either to apply a sealing/anti-corrosion agent or replace the existing front cross member with a new one that already has the agent applied. There's no charge for this service.

How to contact the manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America's customer service is at 888-648-7820.

NHTSA campaign number: 20V-279. The Mitsubishi reference number for this recall is SR-20-003.

Check to see whether your vehicle has a recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that should be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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