In the American-market recall notice, the manufacturer reports these affected vehicles are equipped with a “constant velocity transmission” (CVT) which, in certain driving conditions may cause a delay in acceleration.
A hesitation in acceleration poses an increased risk of a collision.
In the States, Mitsubishi has notified owners, and will reprogram the CVT control unit with modified software to make the car more responsive.
This is the company’s second CVT-related recall in the US this month, after it issued a notice for 45,731 of the Outlander Sport (ASX) SUVs for leaking transmissions.
John Taylor, product communications manager at Mitsubishi Australia, told CarAdvice that the company's local arm and parent company are currently investigating the potential impact to Australian customers.
"In the event that an issue affecting Australian vehicles is confirmed, Mitsubishi Motors Australia will communicate directly with customers and work with the government to proactively facilitate rectification," he said.
Should the company's Australian arm issue a local recall notice, it would add to a pair of major recalls over the last two months, which nears a total of 480,000 affected vehicles.
At the end of June this year Mitsubishi recalled 429,981 vehicles, including the Lancer and Outlander, built between 2009 and 2016 citing various issues which included electrical faults and faulty trailer brake harnesses.