The Japanese automaker has issued a service call-back for 174,382 vehicles in cold-weather states in the United States, as it has found out the lower control arms can corrode and break.
The models affected by the service call 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 company added 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.
Mitsubishi says three of the states still use salt on the roads during the winter and that can lead to the eventual corrosion of the front lower control arms. If the issue comes into place, the part could detach from the vehicle, which could make the driver lose control of the vehicle. Mitsubishi started seeing reports of the issue since May 2014 as the company found evidence of excessive corrosion on the front cross member of a 2008 Outlander in Canada. The automaker’s ensuing investigation led to the recall decision – and fortunately there have been no injuries related to the issue. Dealers have been takes to inspect the front cross members for corrosion – if the part is deteriorated they will replace or spray a special sealing agent.