WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 174,382 vehicles, including the 2007-'13 Mitsubishi Outlander V6 SUV, for a suspension problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Other vehicles included in the recall are:
- 2002-'07 Mitsubishi Lancer
- 2004 Mitsubishi Lancer Wagon
- 2003-'06 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
- 2003-'06 Mitsubishi Outlander
The affected vehicles were originally sold in or registered in cold-weather states that use road salt.
"In the affected 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," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "A detached front control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash."
There are no reported injuries, Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators.
Mitsubishi 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 a sealing/anti-corrosion agent applied to it.
A date has not been set for the recall. Owners can contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should schedule a service appointment with their dealer once they receive their official recall notice.