- Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 165,923 2008-'11 Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution and Outlander vehicles because the drive belt may detach.
- Mitsubishi dealers will replace the drive belt with a rubber belt.
- A date has not been set for the recall.
WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 165,923 2008-'11 Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Evolution and Outlander vehicles because the drive belt may detach, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
"The affected vehicles, manufactured with 4B1 engines, have an engine pulley and belt arrangement for turning the alternator, the cooling fan and the power steering pump [if equipped]," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "These pulleys may experience unusual wear and allow for belt detachment.
"If the drive belt detaches, the battery may discharge, resulting in an engine stall, increasing the risk of a crash."
There are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall, according to Mitsubishi spokesman Alex Fedorak.
Fedorak said customer letters will go out October 15.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles will have to wait for an official recall notice before taking action. But if you are experiencing a problem in the meantime, it's best to contact your dealer.