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.
Gallery: 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport recalled for potential fire risk
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. (MMNA) is recalling certain model year 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport vehicles manufactured June 25, 2014, through November 25, 2015 and equipped with a 2.0L engine and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). During assembly, a clamp for a CVT hose may not have been properly secured, allowing the hose to detach and leak transmission fluid.
If enough transmission fluid leaks out, the transmission may not function properly and the vehicle may become inoperable, increasing the risk of a crash. Additionally, if leaking transmission fluid contacts an a hot surface there is an increased risk of a fire.
Mitsubishi will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the hose clamps, correcting their installation, as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Mitsubishi customer service at 1-888-648-7820. Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-16-005.