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166,000 Mitsubishis Recalled For Stall Risk

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On: Mon, Oct 13, 2014 at 2:58PM | By: Teddy Field

166,000 Mitsubishis Recalled For Stall Risk

Until now, Mitsubishi has managed to avoid the whole mass-recall epidemic that’s been sweeping the auto industry. But that impressive reliability streak has come to an end, as they’ve just recalled 166,000 Lancers and Outlanders. Nobody has died from this defect, but these recalled models can stall unexpectedly, leading to all sorts of potential safety hazards.

This recall covers 165,923 copies of the 2008-2011 Lancer, Lancer Evolution, and Outlander, and the 2009-2011 Lancer Sportback and 2011 Outlander Sport. Affected models are fitted with the 4B1 4-cyl engine. Compared to a GM recall, 166k cars doesn’t seem like much. But when you consider Mitsubishi’s relatively low sales volume, these cars represent a lion's share of their entire North American product portfolio.

It seems that the pulleys used by the engine’s serpentine belt can wear prematurely, causing the drive belt to detach itself from the engine. This rubber belt is responsible for turning the alternator, cooling fan, and power steering pump. If it comes off the engine, those components will stop working and the engine will stall. Fortunately, no injuries have been reported.

Mitsubishi will be notifying owners of the affected models, and their local dealer will install a redesigned drive belt, and replace any pulleys that appear to be excessively worn, free of charge.

Mitsubishi's number for this recall is SR-14-009.


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