WASHINGTON — Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 45,731 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport SUVs because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The affected Outlander Sport SUVs are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable transmission.
"During assembly, a clamp for a CVT hose may not have been properly secured, allowing the hose to detach and leak transmission fluid," said the NHTSA in its recall summary. "If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may become inoperable, increasing the risk of a crash.
"Additionally, if leaking transmission fluid contacts a hot surface, there is an increased risk of a fire."
The affected vehicles were built from June 25, 2014, through November 25, 2015.
Mitsubishi told federal safety regulators that the problem was discovered through warranty claims.
A Mitsubishi spokesman did not respond immediately to a query from Edmunds asking if there are any injuries, crashes, fires or fatalities linked to the recall.
Edmunds says: Owners should wait for their official recall notice and then schedule a service appointment with their Mitsubishi dealer. Those with an immediate concern should contact their dealer now.