Transmission fluid could leak from a loose hose.
The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport is subject to a new recall from the National Highway Traffc Safety Administration. The crossover, when fitted with its 2.0-liter engine and continuously variable transmission, could leak transmission fluid and catch fire.
Mitsubishi says that a problem during production means a hose to the CVT might not have been installed correctly; hose clamps meant to secure the hose in place may not have been closed properly. If the hose detaches, the CVT might stop working properly, preventing the Outlander Sport from driving in the first place. Worse yet, if that allows transmission fluid to spill on a hot surface, like the exhaust, it could cause a fire.
Mitsubishi first became aware of this problem in December 2015 after a customer’s Outlander Sport “quit moving” when it had just 66 miles on the odometer. This year, Mitsubishi received several other warranty claims for similar issues. The automaker will inspect ten hose clamps on all recalled vehicles to make sure they’re securely mounted.
The recall affects 45,731 units of the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossover in the U.S.