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Mitsubishi Recall: 203,000 Vehicles Affected, Lancer Evolution Too

Mitsubishi Motors North America is yet again hit by a hard one. The Japanese manufacturer says approximately 203,000 cars it produced need to be inspected by dealer service departments for three defects of mechanical and electrical nature.
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Starting with the least populous call back campaign, a mere two units of the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport built on September 3rd, 2010, may have been kitted with a brake booster containing a badly installed switch sleeve. This assembly error could cause the sleeve to crack, resulting in the brake pedal's inability to spring back to its proper position, also inhibiting the sports utility vehicle's movement.

The second biggest recall covers about 37,000 units of the 2007 to 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander. These cars might have been fitted with a stop lamp switch that's suspectible to failure, translating to inoperative brake lamps. It's needless to say this kind of failure is a big no-no, especially when driving at night. To boot, there is a certain Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard in which this fault is clearly categorized as a big no-no.

And now comes the big one, so brace yourselves: a whopping 165,923 examples of models that include the 2008 to 2011 Lancer, Lancer Evolution and the Outlander SUV, as well as the 2009 to 2011 Lancer Sportback and 2011 Outlander Sport, are suffering from a big mechanical fault. All vehicles fitted with 4B1 family engines (World Engine) are fitted with a drive belt that may cause the pulley to wear unevenly.

If use continues under this operating condition, the belt could be damaged and detached, with the latter leading to battery depletion and an overheated engine. The loss of power steering assist could also occur in vehicles with hydraulic power steering, Mitsubishi is telling in a statement. To fix this fault, dealers are to replace the drive belt with a rubber unit, while drive pulleys that are excessively worn will be replaced.
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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