The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is overseeing an array of new recalls for seven different Mitsubishi models.
Tens of thousands of Mitsubishi vehicles in total are affected by the recalls.
Mitsubishi Colt Power Steering Recall:
Model Year (MY) 2011 Mitsubishi Colt with both CVT and manual transmissions are being recalled after a potential defect was identified in the electronic power steering gearbox.
The ACCC recall notice advises that in certain 11MY Colt vehicles, due to improper crimping of the terminal connection between the steering force torque sensor and the wiring harness a continuity failure may occur.
This defect may cause the warning lamp to illuminate and power-assist function of steering to stop, requiring increased steering effort. This may create an injury hazard to car occupants and other road users.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Brake Warning Lamp Recall:
Selected 10MY and 12MY Mitsubishi i-MiEV vehicles are affected with the ACCC advising owners that the brake warning lamp may illuminate due to improper software judgement that the vacuum pump relay has seized.
On selected vehicles the location of the brake vacuum pump exhaust may allow mud or sand to accumulate, and if this contains road salt, corrosion may result blocking the exhaust port of the pump.
Either condition can result in ineffective operation of the brake vacuum pump.
The brake booster vacuum may become low, resulting in lower brake booster assistance.
If this occurs the stopping distance may increase, potentially causing an accident.
Mitsubishi Lancer, Lancer Sport-back and Outlander Recall:
The ACCC recall notice advising that an inappropriate manufacturing process of an electrical part on a manufacturing line may cause the voltage inside the ETACS ECU to be unstable.
The headlights may turn off and/or the window wipers may become inoperable.
Under certain driving conditions, this could potentially cause an accident.
Mitsubishi Outlander Trailer Wiring Harness Recall:
Affecting 16MY ZK Outlander vehicles, the ACCC advises that due to a running vehicle wiring harness design change at Mitsubishi, the electric trailer brake accessory harness that Mitsubishi had been selling is not suitable for 16MY Outlander (excluding 16MY PHEV).
Use of the harness will stop the electric trailer brakes from functioning and the trailer brake lights will not operate.
Mitsubishi Turn-Signal/Lighting Switch Connector Recall:
The ACCC advises that the turn signal and lighting switch connector terminals may become worn during switch operation due to insufficient rigidity.
This may result in an accumulation of oxidised dust on the connector terminals. Excessive dust accumulation can act as an insulator, affecting proper terminal conductivity.
Continued usage under this condition could cause conduction failure resulting in head lamp, turn signal lamps, parking lamp, front/rear fog lamp, tail lamp, number plate lamp and cabin lamp failing to operate or to operate intermittently.
Mitsubishi Lancer/Lancer EVO and Ralliart Park Brake/Fuel Tank Issue Recall:
14MY Lancer Evolution 10, 15MY Lancer Evolution 10, 14MY Ralliart & 15MY Ralliart are being recalled after it was found the rear right hand side parking brake cable may interfere with the fuel tank.
The ACCC recall notice advising that this may result in damage to the protective coating of the fuel tank.
The fuel tank might rust through, allowing fuel to leak.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Motor Control Unit (MCU) Recall:
Affecting 12MY i-MiEV vehicles (a total of just 37) the ACCC advises that the resistance of the insulated base of the Motor Control Unit (MCU) may increase.
As a result, the circuit voltage may become unstable, causing the malfunction lamp to illuminate and activating the fail-safe control mode restricting the driving motor power.
A loss of driving motor power may occur and the vehicle may not be able to be restarted and/or the battery may not be able to be charged, which could potentially cause an accident.
In the case of all of these recalls, Mitsubishi Motors Australia will contact all known owners by mail as soon as possible and advise them to present their vehicle to a Mitsubishi dealer for rectification.
More info is also available on the Mitsubishi website and on 1300 131 211.