TOKYO, Japan: Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (MMC) has acquired the services of a United Kingdom-based firm to conduct a thorough investigation into allegations that the Mitsubishi Montero Sport model has a sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) defect.
This was announced by MMC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Osamu Masuko during a press briefing with the Philippine media at the MMC headquarters Tuestday in this prefecture.
Since November 2015, Mitsubishi Motors Philippine Corp. (MMPC) has been embroiled in a legal battle with Montero Sport owners who claim to have been victims of the SUV’s unexpected acceleration.
In February, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) ordered the bidding for a third-party laboratory to perform the proper test on the affected model.
With a budget of P9 million, the DTI invited independent bidders. The DTI intended to award the contract last March, with the results supposed to be released in May
Two previous bids have have reportedly failed.
With the DTI admitting it still hasn’t found a qualified testing facility, MMC took the initiative to look for a certified independent testing facility in the UK.
Contracted to perform the tests is Horiba Automotive Testing Systems, a leading supplier of engine test systems, driveline test systems, brake test systems, wind tunnel balances, and emissions test systems. The company is the world’s leading supplier of emissions testing systems.
Masuko noted the carmaker coordinated with the DTI and sent the units involved to the UK. The results are expected to come out at the end of July.
The Mitsubishi executive noted the full extent of the report will be released as soon as Horiba releases it.