Mitsubishi, in conjunction with the NHTSA, has announced that they will be recalling 8,263 Outlander sport utility vehicles in both the United States and Puerto for three different issues. Normally, an automaker will issue a separate recall per issue, but they’ve decided to consolidate all of the outstanding issues into one recall. This should expedite the recall process, especially in contacting the owners.
More specifically, the 2013 Outlander Sport is being recalled for the following issues:
Malfunctioning brake lamps: this will affect the vehicles that were manufactured between June 11 to September 11, 2012 (generally when automakers start production of the next model year of the vehicle). Whenever the driver steps on the brake to illuminate the brake lights, one of two things could happen:
1) the brake lamps could illuminate intermittently (instead of staying on until the foot is lifted off of the brake)
2) the brake lamps stay on, even if the driver’s foot is off of the brake.
Being able to shift out of park: normally not an issue, expect whenever you’re able to do that without depressing the brake pedal. All vehicles are set up to depress the brake pedal, so that you don’t accidentally put it into a forward (or reverse) gear. This could cause a serious safety issue.
Inaccurate fuel gauges: this affects the 2013 Outlander Sports that were equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive (AWD), and produced between June 11 to December 11, 2012 (they must run in three to six month production shifts). The vehicles affected may not be able to display the correct amount of fuel in the fuel tank, due to a wiring issue. No explanation was given as to why only the AWD versions are involved.
If you have recently purchased a 2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, you should be expecting a recall notice in the mail. Once you receive this, be sure to contact your local dealer, so that they can repair the issues at no cost to you.
News Source: Examiner