Mitsubishi Recalls SUVs to Fix Parking Brakes
On the Outlander and Outlander Sport, rust might cause the parking brake to get stuck or not engage
Mitsubishi is recalling 21,758 Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs from the 2016 model year to replace a component within the parking brake assembly that may have been manufactured improperly. As a result, the parking brake may stick when the vehicle is in motion, or it may fail to keep the vehicle stationary when engaged.
This recall is related to an earlier campaign from 2018, in which Mitsubishi recalled more than 170,000 Outlander SUVs from the 2014 through 2016 model years to fix a similar issue.
According to reports from owners of affected vehicles provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the parking brake lever may feel odd when engaged, a rear brake caliper may get stuck, and the parking brake may fail when engaged. If the parking brake fails, there’s a risk that the vehicle might roll away. A spokesperson for Mitsubishi told Consumer Reports that the automaker is unaware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.
Vehicles recalled: Mitsubishi Outlander and Outlander Sport SUVs manufactured between Jan. 28, 2016, and May 27, 2016.
The problem: Rust-proofing applied to a part within the parking brake assembly may have peeled off during the production process. If the parking brake assembly rusts, it may stick or not engage properly.
The fix: Mitsubishi dealers will replace the rear brake caliper assembly free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by Jan. 25, 2021.
How to contact the manufacturer: Mitsubishi will contact owners of affected vehicles by first-class mail. Owners may also contact the automaker directly, at 888-648-7820.
NHTSA campaign number: The new recall’s campaign number is 20V741. The earlier recall’s campaign number was 18V070. Mitsubishi’s own number for this recall is SR-20-005.
Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.
If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and this recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have any open recalls. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly to see whether your vehicle has had a recall issued.