A woman driving a Mitsubishi Montero Sport landed in hospital on Saturday, just a few days after a petition was filed at the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) against the use of the vehicle due to a defect causing sudden unintended acceleration (SUA).
Kathlyn Marjorie Sy, 25, said she was on her way home in Sto. Domingo, Barangay Tatalon, Quezon City from her place of work in Makati City when her Montero suddenly accelerated. As a result, the vehicle crashed into concrete barriers along Araneta Avenue in Quezon City.
Sy attributed the accident to a sudden unintended acceleration. She said she lost control of the vehicle but managed to maneuver the car toward the left side of the road, where she hit the fence of the Skyway and then the concrete barriers.
Because of the impact, Sy sustained head injuries and was brought to the De Los Santos hospital by an ambulance that was on stand-by at the ongoing construction site along the Skyway.
There was visible damage to the left side of the vehicle.
Quezon City Police District Traffic Inspector Mel De Mesa, however, said the incident may have been due to human error, according to a radio report.
Investigators are also looking into the possibility that Sy may have bumped into another vehicle and swerved before colliding into the concrete barriers because they saw dents and scratches on the passenger side of the vehicle.
The police are still checking if the incident was captured by a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera.
Former MMDA chairman and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation legal counsel Francis Tolentino called on the car manufacturer to conduct a free check-up on all Montero sport utility vehicles in the country to ensure public safety.
In a press statement, Tolentino said the move is not an admission of guilt on the part of the company but merely a safety precaution.
“This is a win-win solution for the consumers and the car manufacturer itself, all in the name of public safety,” he said.
“Mitsubishi Motors, being a responsible global car manufacturer, should ask owners of Montero SUVs to visit their dealers and have their vehicles checked for free. Issues such as the braking system and computer box should be thoroughly checked for free, and owners should have a guarantee that everything is in tip-top shape against any SUA,” he added.
The Department of Trade and Industry has started investigating the mtter while the LTFRB assured that it will act swiftly on the case.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) earlier issued a statement that they will cooperate with the investigators.