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Mitsubishi Recalls 174,000 Cars!

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On: Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:09PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Mitsubishi Recalls 174,000 Cars!

Sometimes, it’s hard to predict the future.  Well, actually, it’s almost always hard to predict the future.  Whether it’s the future of an election, the weather, who’s coming to Thanksgiving dinner, or where Waldo is going to turn up.  It’s also difficult for automakers to predict just where and how their cars will be located, and how they will act when they get there.  A car that is sold in Minnesota is going to have to deal with much different environmental challenges than say, a car Arizona, or Florida.  Each region has its own set of characteristic weather, and this can have adverse effects on cars.  Such is the case for Mitsubishi Motors.  They produced a number of cars, quite a number, in fact:  174,382 in all that have been subject to a voluntary recall thanks to Mother Nature.  

If you are the proud owner of a Lancer, Lancer Wagon, or Lancer Evolution made from 2002-2007, or an Outlander made from 2003-2006 or a V6 Outlander made from 2007-2013, you may have to take a ride back to the dealership to get your car checked out. That is if you have lived in one of the following areas with your car: 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, or the District of Columbia. It seems that in these regions the front end lower control arms may be susceptible to salt exposure, which could be from something as minor as road salt during wintery conditions. The control arms may corrode and then ultimately fail and break.

If you’ve never experienced a broken control arm, consider yourself lucky. The car becomes almost impossible to steer, and completely impossible to operate normally for any length of time. The driver can easily lose control of the car and it can spiral out of control and crash, which could cause serious injury to not only the driver, but passengers, or even pedestrians.

Thankfully, Mitsubishi has said it will take these cars in, have a look at them to assess the corrosion level. Then, Mitsubishi will do one of two things: Apply a sealant/anti-corrosion spray on the control arms, or if the corrosion is too much, they will replace the control arms with new ones that have been treated with the anti-corrosion spray. There is not a time table set for this recall yet, but the repairs will be free of charge. Owners can call Mitsubishi at 1-888-648-7820 for more information.

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