Nearly 200,000 vehicles are being recalled by Mitsubishi over an issue that could impact the second-row buckles, exposing occupants to injuries.
According to the firm, folding the seatbacks may prompt the center seat belt buckles in the second-row seats to interfere with the right-side belt buckles. This can then increase the risk of the right-side buckle covers coming off, causing the latch to become inoperable. An inoperable latch will leave occupants exposed to injuries in the event of a crash.
In order to prevent injury accidents, the firm is alerting all impacted vehicle owners about the recall starting September 11.
When car owners are notified of the recall, they must schedule a visit to a dealer where the second-row center seat belt buckle covers will be modified for free. A new warning label for the second-row seat support base and the owner’s manual will also be provided.
Impacted vehicles include the 2014 through 2019 Mitsubishi Outlander SUVs as well as the 2018 and 2019 Outlander PHEV SUVs.
Mitsubishi has provided recalled car owners with a time frame to respond to this issue. However, car owners who feel unsafe should not hesitate to contact the firm.
If you own one of the recalled vehicles and you’re concerned about your passengers’ safety, contact Mitsubishi to learn more about the potential risks and what you can do now to avoid injuries until dealers can fix the problem. But if you are worried about other potential recalls and wonder if you have missed a notification in the past, you can visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website and look up recalls using your car’s VIN.
You can also make sure that the automaker will contact you when recalls are launched in the future by making sure the company has your updated contact information.
Many car owners are not properly alerted of open recalls because their contact information is out of date.
To learn more about this recall, follow this link.