2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Recalled Because Strut Stabilizer May Disconnect


  • 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Picture

    2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Picture

    Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 305 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles because a strut stabilizer may disconnect. | July 22, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 305 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles because a strut stabilizer may disconnect.
  • The stabilizer link on the front strut was improperly welded.
  • The company told federal safety regulators it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 305 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles because a strut stabilizer may disconnect, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"The stabilizer link on the front strut was improperly welded," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, the link may detach and cause damage to the tire and/or brake hose.

"If the stabilizer link bracket damages the tire and/or brake line, the driver may have more difficulty controlling the steering of the vehicle or the vehicle may require a longer stopping distance to come to a complete and controlled stop. Either condition increases the risk of a crash."

Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators it is unaware of any accidents or injuries related to the recall.

The affected vehicles were built from January 17, 2013 through January 25, 2013.

The company said it was alerted to the problem in May when it received a call from a Mitsubishi dealership "regarding a customer complaint for abnormal noise while driving the vehicle."

Mitsubishi dealers will replace the front left strut assembly. A date for the recall has not been set. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-800-222-0037.

Edmunds says: Mitsubishi said it is working internally to determine the dealer and customer notification dates and will "update accordingly."

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