Mitsubishi Recalls Cars and SUVs for Suspension Problems
Mitsubishi Motors North America is recalling 141,200 Lancer, Lancer Sportback, Outlander and Outlander Sport vehicles because parts of their front suspensions may become corroded from saltwater exposure. According to an article in Consumer Reports, the corroded parts could lead to other suspension components detaching, leading to loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a crash.
Corrosion Due to Road Salt
The recall covers models that were originally sold in several Northeastern and Midwestern states that are part of the “Salt Belt,” where road salt is used in the winter. This could be a major factor in corrosion. The company expects to notify dealers of the recall by May 29, 2020, and owners should begin receiving notifications beginning July 14, 2020.
When the recall begins, dealers will inspect the cross members to determine the level of corrosion. The remedy is to either apply a sealing/anti-corrosion agent or replace the existing front cross member with a new one that already has the agent applied. There is no charge for the service. Vehicle owners with questions are urged to contact Mitsubishi Motors North America’s customer service line at 1-888-648-7820.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Suspension issues are serious and are likely to result in car accidents. When a suspension begins to fail, the ride will become rough and the vehicle may become difficult to handle. Vehicles with faulty suspensions are more prone to spinning out of control on a curve or in the rain.
A vehicle’s suspension can also affect the wear and tear on the tires and other auto parts. While this recall involves vehicles originally sold in the “Salt Belt” states, it is important to remember that many of these vehicles may make their way to other states through the used car market or simply when people move and sell their vehicles in the states in which they are currently residing.
If you have been involved in an auto accident involving a defective auto, it would be in your best interest to preserve the vehicle in its current crashed state, unaltered, so an expert can thoroughly examine it for defects, malfunctions and other evidence. Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced auto defect lawyer who has successfully handled similar cases against large auto manufacturers. In cases where a defective auto part has caused or contributed to an accident or injury, the victim can file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for damages.