Mitsubishi has issued a number of recalls for several of its models built between 2009-2016, citing various reasons.
In total, 429,981 vehicles are affected in the recall, with faults related to electrics, power steering, electric motors and fuel tanks.
One of today’s recalls – 383,379 vehicles affected by potentially faulty lights – sees Mitsubishi pass Toyota’s nearly 300,000-vehicle recall in 2012 for an unenviable record in the Australian automotive market.
A breakdown of each recall can be found below.
2009-10 Lancer sedan, Lancer Sportback, Outlander recalled for electrics fix
The car maker reports that a manufacturing fault may cause the voltage inside the vehicle’s ETACS ECU to be unstable.
If the failure occurs, the vehicle’s headlights may turn off and the window wipers could become inoperable. This could potentially cause an accident when driving at night or in the rain.
22,329 Lancer sedans, 10,424 Lancer Sportbacks and 11,832 Outlanders are affected by this recall. The VIN ranges for the affected vehicles can be viewed here.
All vehicles will be inspected and the ETACS ECU will be replaced in vehicles with ECU component date codes between 30 September 2008 and 30 August 2010. The recall work should take around an hour.
2010, 2012 i-MiEV recalled for brake pump fix
Mitsubishi is recalling 237 i-MiEV vehicles from the 2010 and 2012 model-years over concerns the brake vacuum pump may be ineffective.
The manufacturer reports that the brake warning lamp may illuminate due to improper software judgement that the vacuum pump relay has seized, while on selected vehicles, the brake vacuum pump exhaust may accumulate mud or sand due to its location.
With the latter condition, if these materials contain road salt, corrosion may occur, and the exhaust port of the pump may become blocked.
Both conditions may result in lower brake booster assistance, increasing stopping distance and potentially causing an accident.
Affected i-MiEVs fall between the following VIN ranges:
JMFLDHA1WAU001714 ~ 002896
JMFLDHA3WAU003201 ~ 003627
JMFLDHA3WCU000201 ~ 000288
A spokesperson from Mitsubishi confirmed with CarAdvice that 237 vehicles require the EV ECU to be reprogrammed, while 160 of the 237 i-MiEVs will require the brake vacuum pump to be replaced. This rectification should take around an hour to complete.
2012 i-MiEV recalled for motor fix
A further 37 i-MiEVs have been recalled over concerns the vehicle’s motor could lose power, which could also lead to not being able to start the car, or charge the battery.
According to the manufacturer, the resistance of the insulated base in the Motor Control Unit (MCU) may increase, resulting in an unstable circuit voltage.
This in turn can cause a loss of motor power, resulting in the vehicle not being able to be restarted and/or the battery unable to be charged.
Mitsubishi will replace the MCU to rectify the fault, which should take about 1.5 hours.
2011 Colt recalled for steering fix
A total of 1513 2011 model-year Mitsubishi Colts are being recalled over concerns the power steering may fail.
Mitsubishi reports that a defect in the electric power steering gearbox could be caused by improper crimping of the terminal connection between the steering force torque sensor and the wiring harness.
This could cause the power-assist function of the steering to fail, and the warning light to illuminate.
The increased steering effort poses a hazard to the occupants of the vehicle and other road users.
A two hour fix is required, where the power steering gears will be replaced at a Mitsubishi dealer.
2014-15 Lancer Evolution and Ralliart recalled for fuel tank fix
The car maker reports that the right-hand side rear parking brake cable may interfere with the fuel tank, which could cause damage to the tank’s protective coating.
If the fuel tank rusts through as a result of the fault, this could allow fuel to leak.
VIN ranges for the affected vehicles are as follows;
2014 Lancer Evolution 10
JMFSMCZ4AEU000247 ~ JMFSMCZ4AEU000271
JMFSNCZ4AEU000256 ~ JMFSNCZ4AEU000295
2015 Lancer Evolution 10
JMFSMCZ4AFU000201 ~ JMFSMCZ4AFU000209
JMFSNCZ4AFU000201 ~ JMFSNCZ4AFU000214
2014 Lancer Ralliart
JMFSMCY4AEU000394 ~ JMFSMCY4AEU000478
2015 Lancer Ralliart
JMFSMCY4AFU000201 ~ JMFSMCY4AFU000205
A 1.5 hour fix is required to rectify the issue, where the park brake will be replaced along with the fuel tank if necessary. Work should take around three hours if both the park brake cable and fuel tank are replaced.
Mitsubishi Challenger, i-MiEV, Lancer Sedan, Lancer Sportback, Outlander, Pajero and Triton recalled for lights fix
The largest recall extends across several model lines and affects a total of 383,379 vehicles, over concerns the vehicles’ lighting systems could fail.
Models affected and number of affected units are as follows;
PB, PC Challenger: 11,846 vehicles
GA, GB i-MiEV: 237 vehicles
CJ Lancer Sedan: 92,954 vehicles
CJ Lancer Sportback: 28,269 vehicles
ZG, ZH Outlander: 46,262 vehicles
NS, NT, NW, NX Pajero: 50,733 vehicles
ML, MN Triton 4×2: 43,616 vehicles
ML, MN Triton 4×4: 109,462 vehicles
Mitsubishi reports that in these vehicles, insufficient rigidity may cause wearing of the turn signal and lighting switch connector terminals.
The fault could result in a build up of oxidised dust on the terminals, which may act as an insulator, which could hinder conductivity.
If conduction fails, the headlamps, turn signal lamps, parking lamps, fog lamps, tail lamps, number plate lamps and cabin lamps could all fail, or operate intermittently.
This poses a significant hazard to occupants of the vehicle and other road users should the fault occur while driving.
However, this fault requires a quick 30-minute fix at a local Mitsubishi dealer.
2016 Outlander recalled for trailer brake harness fix, Outlander PHEV not affected
The 2016 model-year ‘ZK’ Outlander is also being recalled, as the electric trailer brake accessory harness that Mitsubishi has been selling is not suitable.
Mitsubishi reports that a running vehicle design change at Mitsubishi has rendered the current trailer brake harness unsuitable for the 2016 Outlander petrol and diesel models.
According to the Japanese car maker, using the harness will stop the electric trailer brakes from functioning and the trailer brake lights will not operate.
55 Outlanders are affected, with these vehicles falling between the VIN ranges as follows;
JMFXLGF6WGJ000162 ~ JMFXLGF6WGJ000412
JMFXLGF6WGZ000178 ~ JMFXLGF6WGZ002228
JMFXTGF7WGZ000681 ~ JMFXTGF7WGZ004284
JMFXTGF8WGZ000363 ~ JMFXTGF8WGZ003893
The recall work is expected to take about an hour, where the existing vehicle harness will be reworked to make it suitable for use.
What to do if your vehicle is affected
If you own one of the 429,981 recalled Mitsubishi vehicles, the manufacturer has confirmed that customers will be contacted via mail, and are advised to present their vehicle to their local Mitsubishi dealer for rectification.
Owners wanting more information can contact Mitsubishi Motors Australia on 1300 131 211.