Mitsubishi Recalling 140,000 Outlanders, Lancers

By

Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

Follow On: Twitter | Website

, Automotive Editor - February 5, 2018

Mitsubishi has issued a recall affecting a total of 141,053 models because of a defective drive belt automatic tensioner flange. The flange may crack, which could lead to the drive belt becoming loose and causing the engine to stall. At this time, there are no reports of crashes, injuries, or fatalities associated with the recall.

The recall affects the following products:

  • Model year 2009 to 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer sedans built between March 20, 2008 and November 11, 2011
  • Model year 2008 to 2012 Outlander crossovers built between June 25, 2008 and November 16, 2011
  • Model year 2010 to 2012 Lancer Sportback hatchbacks built between June 17, 2009 and November 15, 2011
  • Model year 2011 to 2012 Outlander Sport crossovers built between August 26, 2010 and December 15, 2011

This recall only affects vehicles with 4B11 2.0-liter engine or the 4B12 2.4-liter engine. The V6-powered version of the Outlander and the turbocharged Lancer Evolution X escape unscathed.

To give an idea of how expansive this recall is, consider this – Mitsubishi is recalling 141,000 vehicles, but between model year 2008 and model year 2012, it only sold 343,000 vehicles in the US. That means 41 percent of the vehicles Mitsubishi sold over a five-year span have faulty belt tensioners.

Mitsubishi will notify affected owners and distribute a plan to dealers to replace the defective belt tensioners with an upgraded one at no cost. The recall will begin on March t27.

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

Follow On: Twitter | Website