There are no reported injuries.
Mitsubishi will recall 174,382 vehicles in cold-weather states in the U.S. because the lower control arms can corrode and break. The affected models include the 2002-2007 Lancer, 2003-2006 Lancer Evolution, 2004 Lancer Wagon, 2003-2006 Outlander, and V6-equipped examples of the 2007-2013 Outlander. The affected states are: Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.
According to Mitsubishi, these states use salt on the roads during the winter. This can eventually corrode the front lower control arms. If this problem occurs, then the part could detach from the vehicle, which could result in a loss of control.
Mitsubishi received its first report of this problem in May 2014 when the company found evidence of excessive corrosion on the front cross member of a 2008 Outlander in Canada. The automaker opened an investigation into these failures' prevalence and eventually decided to conduct this recall. There have been no reported injuries from this issue.
Dealers will inspect the front cross members for corrosion. Depending on the parts' condition, technicians will either replace it or they'll spray a sealing agent on the component.
Gallery: 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Special Edition
RECALL Subject : Lower Control Arm Detachment Due to Corrosion
Report Receipt Date: JUN 23, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V458000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 174,382
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
MITSUBISHI LANCER 2002-2007
MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION 2003-2006
MITSUBISHI LANCER WAGON 2004
MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER 2003-2013
Manufacturer: Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2002-2007 Lancer, 2004 Lancer Wagon, 2003-2006 Lancer Evolution, 2003-2006 Outlander and 2007-2013 Outlander V-6 vehicles originally sold in, or ever registered in, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. In the affected vehicles, the front lower control arms may detach due to the front cross member corroding from salt water exposure such as from road salt use.
A detached front control arm can result in the loss of control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
MMNA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the front cross members. Depending on the level of existing corrosion, either a sealing/anti-corrosion agent will be applied or the front cross member will be replaced with a new one that has a sealing/anti-corrosion agent applied to it. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact MMNA customer service at 1-888-648-7820. MMNA's number for this recall is SR-16-003.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.