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by Tim Beissmann

Mitsubishi Australia has recalled more than 106,000 vehicles to correct three safety issues, including more than 73,000 Lancer small cars and 28,000 Outlander SUVs over an engine belt defect.

The recall is the company’s second massive recall in four months, after it called back 114,862 vehicles in August over a issue with the turn signals and lighting switches of a range of models.

The largest of the three new recalls affects 105,237 vehicles equipped with Mitsubishi’s 2.0-litre and 2.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engines (engine codes 4B11 and 4B12).

A total of 73,676 Lancers, 28,246 Outlanders and 3315 ASXs produced between August 28, 2006 and June 17, 2011 have been called back to fix the engine belt issue.

Mitsubishi explains that the engine’s resin pulley may wear unevenly due to the use of inappropriate material for the ancillary equipment V ribbed belt. Damage can cause the belt to come off, which Mitsubishi says could result in increased steering effort and continued use can lead to a loss of electrical and drive power, posing a potential collision hazard.

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The second recall affects 8788 ZG and ZH Outlander models produced between January 9, 2007 and August 1, 2009, including 7194 also involved in the first recall.

The recall notice explains that the vehicles’ brake lamp switch may not operate correctly due to poor conductivity caused by the presence of an insulating material, and in some vehicles it may also prevent the gearshift lever being moved from the park position.

Mitsubishi says if the defect occurs the stop lights may not work, posing a potential accident hazard to the driver and other road users.

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The final recall affects 710 ASX SUVs, all of which are included in the first engine belt recall.

The recall notice explains the tip of the switch sleeve in the brake booster may break due to inappropriate installation.

It says if the defect occurs the brake pedal will not be released and it will not be possible to drive the vehicle, posing an accident hazard to the driver and other road users.

Mitsubishi says customers of affected vehicles will be contacted directly to arrange a time for an inspection and any rectification work required.

Consumers are encouraged to contact Mitsubishi Australia’s customer service centre on 1300 131 211 or speak with their local dealer for further information.




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