The Japanese automaker has decided to service some of the models equipped with its constant velocity transmission in the United States because of an issue that causes hesitation during acceleration.
A total of 82,436 vehicles have been affected by the safety campaign as follows: 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. After departing from a stopover or following coasting areas the CVT’s range switch can have a signal loss, the transmission’s ECU then incorrectly assumes the driver is shifting from Neutral to Drive and the software wants to cut power to prevent the gearbox from being damaged – this aspect could prove dangerous if the owner is turning against traffic or merging on a highway.
Mitsubishi found out about the issue early this year in January thanks to a customer who complained – and more reports came in the months to follow. The CVT supplier JATCO investigated and found the range switch is causing the hassle – dealers will now reprogram the CVT control unit with updated software. This is the second time the CVT gets recalled – the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a campaign for a fire hazard due to leaked transmission fluid in the 2015 Outlander Sport.