Poor Mitsubishi just can’t really catch a break can it? Yesterday we celebrated because it managed to sell over 100,000 vehicles in the U.S. last year and today we’ve got some recall news for you. You win some, you lose some.
The recall affects 141,053 cars (about 40,000 more than what Mitsubishi sold last year but who’s counting) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that all of them are defective.
The recall deals with apparent defects in Mitsubishi’s 4B11 engine. Because of high load operations, the “flange of the drive belt automatic tensioner may crack, causing the drive belt detachment,” according to the recall document.
If the belt detaches, the alternator won’t charge the battery and the engine could stall or the power steering assist could be disabled, which increases the risk of crashing. If owners see a Battery Charge warning indicator light up, then their car might need service.
Model year 2009 to 2012 Lancers, 2008 to 2012 Outlanders, 2010 to 2012 Lancer Sportbacks and 2011 to 2012 Outlander Sports are affected. And I will admit to you that I totally did not know the Lancer Sportback was a thing until I read about it on a recall notice.
Be safe out there, everyone.