2007 and 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalled for Possible Transmission Fluid Leak | Edmunds

2007 and 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander Recalled for Possible Transmission Fluid Leak


Just the Facts:
  • Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling five 2007 and 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs because during servicing, they were repaired with replacement transfer case assemblies whose oil seal may come out of position.
  • The company told federal safety regulators it is unaware of any accidents or injuries linked to the recall.
  • The recall is expected to begin in early August.

WASHINGTON Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling five 2007 and 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs because during servicing, they were repaired with replacement transfer case assemblies whose oil seal may come out of position, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"If the oil seal dislodges, automatic transmission fluid may enter the transfer case assembly, reducing the ATF pressure in the transmission, resulting in poor transmission shifting or the inability of the vehicle to be driven, increasing the risk of a crash," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem.

The problem will illuminate the automatic transmission warning light in the instrument panel.

The company told federal safety regulators it is unaware of any accidents or injuries linked to the recall.

"Although no vehicles sold in the U.S. had the inappropriately machined transfer assemblies installed during production, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. found that the subject transfer assemblies were sold in the U.S. as service parts and installed in a total of five vehicles," the automaker said in a document filed with NHTSA. "The remaining subject service parts were removed from parts distribution warehouse inventory."

In February 2013, Mitsubishi received a customer complaint in Japan regarding a situation where the automatic transmission warning light illuminated during vehicle operation and speeds could not exceed 20 mph.

The automaker received a similar complaint in another unnamed market that the warning light illuminated and the vehicle subsequently slowed down after driving about 10 miles at a speed of 35-40 mph.

Mitsubishi dealers will replace the transfer assembly. The recall is expected to begin in early August. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820.

Edmunds says: This small recall gets started shortly. If you own a 2007 or 2009 Outlander and have any concerns, contact Mitsubishi customer service or your dealer.

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