TWO lawmakers have urged the House of Representatives to investigate reports on faulty Mitsubishi Montero Sport Utility Vehicles.
Bayan Muna Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate filed House Resolution 2531 directing the Committee on Trade and Industry to conduct an inquiry on the reported sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) incidents involving Montero SUVs.
The lawmakers said the Department of Trade and Industry is mandated to conduct safety inspections and has the authority to investigate and order the pullout of vehicles if proven to be injurious and dangerous.
Colmenares lamented that the DTI has remained lenient even if Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp. has admitted in a previous congressional hearing that there have been 97 SUA cases that led to the death of six people, including a garbage collector.
A couple, Bernardino and Avenida Bernardo claimed that their Montero Sport flipped over but when they reported the incident to the DTI, no action was taken because their warranty had expired.
Another Montero owner, Sta. Maria, Bulacan Mayor Jesus Mateo, also complained that his Montero smashed through a wall due to sudden unintended acceleration.
“The government, especially DTI, should have been prompted to craft regulatory and rationalizing measures for private transportation that takes public safety at foremost consideration. This issue have caused alarm mostly because lives have been taken or put into risk and yet the DTI did not initiate any investigation or measures to address the same,” the two lawmakers said in their resolution.
“The government should start regulating and having mandatory safety inspections of motor vehicles before being sold in the market, as well as provide relief to victims of vehicular accidents from manufacturers and dealers,” they added.
In May this year, the House Committee on Trade and Industry adopted a motion stopping the sale of Mitsubishi Montero Sport and urging the DTI to pull out the vehiclefrom the market until the acceleration issue has been resolved.
Mitsubishi Philippines said in a statement that insinuations that the vehicle is defective are baseless. It noted that Montero Sport is neither defective nor unsafe.
Llanesca T. Panti