The 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport has been recalled through a safety campaign from the National Highway Traffc Safety Administration because of a possible transmission fluid leak from a loose hose.
It appears the crossover, when fitted with the 2.0-liter engine and continuously variable transmission, has a potential fire risk due to transmission fluid leak. Mitsubishi has said an issue during manufacturing prompts a hose from the CVT to become loose due to improper installation – hose clamps meant to secure it in place may not have been closed properly. In case the hose detaches, the CVT could malfunction, making the vehicle unmovable in the first place. To make things worse, if the transmission fluid gets spilled on a hot surface – for example the exhaust – it could catch fire.
Mitsubishi first learned of the problem in December 2015 following an owners’ Outlander Sport “quit moving” with barely having 66 miles on the counter. Now the company has revealed other warranty claims for the same issue – the company will proceed to inspect ten hose clamps on all recalled vehicles to make sure they’re well put into place. The recall affects the 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport crossover in the U.S. and a total of 45,731 units will be involved.