WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 54,779 2013-‘15 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs to fix a problem with the front passenger seatbelt lap fastener, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the affected vehicles, the front passenger seatbelt lap end attachment fastener may not be torqued to specification and the fastener may loosen with time," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. "A loosened and weakened fastener may not be capable of withstanding the load forces associated with a vehicle crash, leaving the seat occupant insufficiently restrained and increasing the risk of injury."
Alex Fedorak, a Mitsubishi spokesman, told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities linked to the recall.
The affected Outlander Sports were built from July 20, 2012 to July 23, 2014.
Mitsubishi dealers will replace the seatbelt lap end attachment fastener. The recall began in early December. Owners can contact Mitsubishi at 1-714-372-6000.
Edmunds says: It's time to schedule a service appointment with your dealer if you own one of these Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs.