This is the second recall for an issue with the gearbox this month.
Mitsubishi will recall 82,436 vehicles with its constant velocity transmission in the United States because of hesitation while accelerating. The campaign affects the 2016 Lancer with production dates from October 12, 2015, through April 27, 2016; the 2016 Outlander with build dates from May 11, 2015, to April 26, 2016; and the 2015-2016 Outlander Sport from June 25, 2014, to July 8, 2016.
When setting off from a stop or after coasting, the range switch in the CVT can experience signal loss. When this happens the gearbox’s ECU incorrectly thinks the driver is shifting the transmission from Neutral to Drive. The software cuts power to prevent damage to the CVT. This could be dangerous when turning against traffic or merging onto the freeway.
Mitsubishi learned about this problem in January 2016 when a customer complained about the issue. The company received more reports of it in the subsequent months. Upon investigation, the CVT supplier JATCO found the range switch to be the problem.
Mitsubishi started the recall campaign on August 15. As a fix, dealers will reprogram the CVT control unit with modified software.
This is the second recent recall for the CVT. Earlier this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a campaign about a fire hazard because of leaking transmission fluid in the 2015 Outlander Sport. The automaker blamed improper installation of hose clamps for the problem.