Drivers May Lose Control of Mitsubishi Vehicles, Leading to Recall
Vehicle control arms may detach due to corrosion from salt water exposure
Mitsubishi has recalled 174,382 vehicles due to a problem with the suspension.
The affected vehicles include model year 2002-2007 Lancer, 2004 Lancer Wagon, 2003-2006 Lancer Evolution, 2003-2006 Outlander, and 2007-2013 Outlander V-6 vehicles originally sold in, or ever registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
In these vehicles, the front lower control arms may detach due to the front cross member corroding from salt water exposure, such as from road salt use. A detached front control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front cross members. Depending on the level of existing corrosion, either a sealing/anti-corrosion agent will be applied or the front cross member will be replaced with a new one that has such an agent applied to it, free of charge.
The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.
For more information, owners can reach Mitsubishi Customer Service at (888) 648-7820.