WEAR TV is reporting that Mitsubishi is recalling more than 130,000 cars because of two issues that could lead to reduced visibility for drivers and raise the risk of a crash. According to the station, nearly 77,000 cars are being recalled because the windshield defroster might fail as a result of a faulty blower motor. As NHTSA says in its defect report, “If a driver experiences reduced or complete loss of blower performance, and defrosting of the windshield is required, this may affect driver visibility and increase the risk of a crash”. The cars affected include Lancer model years 2009 to 2011, Lancer Sportback model years 2010 to 2011, Lancer Evolution model years 2010 to 2011 and Outlander Sport model year 2011. About 53,400 cars are affected by the other recall. Mitsubishi says head lights, tail lights and windshield wipers may not work because of an unstable electronic control unit. The affected cars include Lancer model years 2009 to 2010, Outlander model years 2009 to 2010, Evolution model year 2010 and Sportback model year 2010. Mitsubishi says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected parts for free.
NHTSA says that if this is a problem in your vehicle, you may hear an “unusual noise” coming from the blower motor. Before the motor fails, that noise may get louder and the blower may not work as well as it should. Mitsubishi hasn’t yet told NHTSA when it will mail recall notices to owners. When it does, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a local dealer, who will replace the blower motor at no charge. If you have further questions, contact Mitsubishi customer service at 888-648-7820 and ask about recall #SR-15-003. If you prefer, you can call NHTSA directly at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #15V233000.