Are you driving a 2017 or 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander Sport, or Eclipse Cross? If so, it may be included in a vehicle recall. On September 14, 2018, Mitsubishi Motors North America announced that it will be recalling the following models due to a defect with the Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM) system, which is designed to detect pedestrians and prevent pedestrian accidents:
- 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
- 2018 Outlander Sport
- 2018-2019 Eclipse Cross
- 2017-2018 Outlanders equipped with the FCM system
Incorrect Software is the Issue
According to Mitsubishi, the safety issue affecting 9,166 vehicles has to do with incorrect software installed in the vehicles. As a result of the improper software, the Electronic Control Unit (FCM-ECU) may apply brakes for longer than needed, even after a pedestrian is no longer near the vehicle, in harm’s way. In effect, drivers may respond by continued breaking. A potential result is rapid deceleration of the vehicle, which can in turn increase the risk of a rear-end crash.
Mitsubishi will be notifying owners about the software defect and the dealers will be reprograming the software at no cost to vehicle owners – expected to begin on October 16, 2018.
Is Your Vehicle Subject to a Recall?
To find out if you’re driving a dangerous and defective vehicle, we recommend using the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) lookup tool. The NHTSA’s VIN search tool covers incomplete vehicle safety recalls, vehicle safety recalls conducted in the past 15 years and vehicle safety recalls conducted by major auto and motorcycle manufacturers. However, the VIN search tool does NOT cover very recent safety recalls that have yet to identify the VIN numbers linked to a specific recall.