Wednesday, October 28

Mitsubishi Recall Impacts 68,000 Vehicles

About 68,000 Mitsubishi vehicles are being recalled because of software bugs that impact braking.

Part one of the recall impacts more than 58,000 SUVs. Impacted are the 2017-2018 Outlander Sport, the 2018 Outlander, and the 2018 Eclipse Crossover, depending on their optional equipment and which plant in Japan they were built at. The NHTSA recall report has a full listing of which vehicles are impacted.

In this bug, the hydraulic unit can reset due to noise from the pump motor. This can result in automatic braking being cancelled, wheels momentarily locking, and electric stability control momentarily canceling. No accidents have been recorded due to this bug.

Part two of the recall additionally affects 9,000 vehicles. Impacted are the 2018 Outlander PHEV, 2017-2018 Outlander Sport, and 2018-2019 Eclipse Crossover. Only vehicles equipped with forward-collision mitigation (FCM) are subject to the recall.

In this bug, the FCM system applies the brakes, but keeps them on longer than is necessary. The combination of the FCM automatic braking and the driver slamming the brake pedal can result in rear-end collisions. According to the NHTSA recall report, this bug has resulted in two accidents in Asia.

Earlier in The Brake Report: Mitsubishi Recalls Almost 227,000 Vehicles

 

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