Approximately 141, 200 model-year 2008-10 Mitsubishi Lancer sedans, model-year 2010 Lancer Sportback hatchbacks, model-year 2008-13 Outlander SUVs and model-year 2011-16 Outlander Sport SUVs originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin are being recalled due to issues with the front crossmember. The front lower control arms may detach due to a corroded front crossmember damaged by saltwater exposure, resulting in a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.
Mitsubishi began notifying owners on July 14. Owners can call the automaker at 888-648-7820 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 to learn more.
To fix the problem, dealers will inspect the front crossmember and either apply a sealing/anti-corrosion agent or replace it with a new one, depending on the level of corrosion.
Vehicle manufacturers are legally required to repair any recalled issues or replace the defective part for free under the Highway Safety Act of 1970. If the dealership refuses to fix the problem or attempts to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately.