Approximately 177,000 model-year 2014-19 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs and model-year 2018-19 Outlander PHEV SUVs are being recalled due to seat belt issues. The second-row center seat belt buckle may interfere with the right-side belt buckle when the seatbacks are folded down. The interference may cause the right-side buckle cover to come off, making the buckle latch inoperable and unable to restrain a passenger, increasing the risk of injury in the event of a crash.

Mitsubishi will begin notifying owners on Sept. 11. 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 modify the second-row center seat belt buckle cover, install a new warning label to the second-row seat support base and provide a new warning label insert for the owner’s manual.

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.

Lemon Law Group Partners can assist car owners if they encounter any problems during the recall process with the manufacturer. Our attorneys deal directly with the manufacturer on the client’s behalf to quickly resolve the problem. In many cases, the attorneys get paid directly from the manufacturer so the client does not have to pay any attorneys’ fees to obtain legal counsel. For more information and a free consultation call 888-668-8581.