Mitsubishi Montero Rollover Accidents. The Mitsubishi Montero has been at the center of the rated the Mitsubishi Montero Limited “Not Acceptable” after it tipped up severely on two wheels during emergency avoidance-maneuver tests. None of the other six vehicles being tested tipped up during the tests. Ironically even though the Mitsubishi Montero is designed for off road use on rough terrain, the Montero does not have rollbars. Furthermore, the Mitsubishi Montero, like other SUV’s does not have to meet the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration roof safety standards for automobiles making this a very dangerous vehicle.
Mitsubishi Monteros rollover because of the absence of a lower center of gravity and a wider wheel base. A lower center of gravity and wide wheel base allows automobiles to skid, spin and recover.
The flimsy roof design of the Mitsubishi Montero has resulted in severe injuries and deaths in rollover accidents. The roof is by far the flimsiest part of Mitsubishi Montero. The flimsy roof combined with the Montero’s tendency to tip lead Consumer Reports issue a warning about the Montero.
“If you’re shopping for an SUV, we advise you not to buy the 2001 Montero Limited until this safety problem has been corrected. In our opinion, there are safer choices.” Additionally Consumer Reports stated that Mitsubishi should issue a recall and improve the vehicle’s stability. This would follow the example set in 1997 by Daimler-Benz (now DaimlerChrysler, which owns a 37.3 percent stake of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation), when that company recalled and corrected the Mercedes-Benz A-Class after it rolled over in similar tests conducted by a Swedish automotive magazine.
There are also allegations in Japan that the government it was looking at criminal charges against Mitsubishi Motors Corp. after the firm admitted to covering up customer complaints about defective vehicles for decades.