Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced that they will be recalling 3,181 of their best-selling Outlander Sport small crossover. The models affected were produced for the 2011 model year. The reason for the Mitsubishi recall concerns the way that the optional panoramic sunroof was installed at the factory.
Normally, primer is applied to the vehicle, before the adhesive is applied. However, in this case, the affected crossovers may not have had the primer applied beforehand. This could cause the sunroof to detach, while the vehicle is in motion. The lack of primer could also lead to reduced adhesion.
Back in March 2011, the Japanese automaker had received a complaint from a registered owner outside of the United States, stating that the sunroof had in fact detached from the vehicle, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This complaint lead to an equipment change in the manufacturing process, although none of the vehicles were ever shipped to the United States. It was not specified where the owner was from.
There was a similar complaint received by Mitsubishi back in January. Although this complaint also came from an unspecified country, it ultimately lead to a recall in several countries, including Japan and the United States. As of this writing, no complaints have been filed from the United States.
The latest Mitsubishi recall will have owners take their vehicles back to the dealership for inspection. If technicians are unable to find any applied primer, they will remove the panoramic sunroof and reinstall it the proper way. If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a service appointment, you may contact your local Mitsubishi dealership.
Source: Chicago Tribune