Mitsubishi Motors Recalled Cars Due to Rusting Parts That Could Fail and Lead to Fatal Crashes
DETROIT, Mich. — Mitsubishi Motors announced that it must recall 223,000 of its vehicles in circulation in northern sections of the United States as well as Canada. The Japanese automaker said that the suspension systems in their autos are prone to rusting and disintegrating. A severe and even deadly car accident could occur if the rusted suspension falls apart while the car is moving. According to a report appearing on ABC News, the recall involves the Outlander, Outlander Sport, Lancer, and Lancer Sportback. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety (NHTSA) Administration, according to ABC News, said that salt treatment used on roads during the winter could invade the vehicles’ suspension systems and cause the steel to rot.
According to an ABC News report, the NHTSA released a report regarding the effect road salt has on some vehicles. The NHTSA concluded that road salt might create rust on the cross member of the suspension system to corrode. The corrosion, or rust, weakens the control arms that guide the car over bumpy terrain. The rusted suspension components could fall apart when the vehicle strikes a bump, thereby causing the driver to lose control over the vehicle.
The recall beings on July 14. Mitsubishi will notify owners of Outlanders from 2008 to 2014, as well as owners of the Outlander Sport from 2011 to 2016, and 2008 to 2010 Lancer, along with the 2010 Lancer Sportback. The recall will focus on cold-weather states like Maine, Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Rhode Island, Missouri, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Service technicians will and then seal the cross beams or replace them as needed. ABC News said that the NHTSA and Mitsubishi indicated that there were any accidents attributable to this recall.
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