THOUSANDS of vehicles from Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation on Monday that they would recall their previous models of Montero Sport and Strada.
In a statement, MMPC said that they have recently announced to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) that they would be inspecting the two vehicles to check the weld condition of the front suspension lower arm for both the two and four wheel drive variants and front propeller shaft for the four wheel drive models.
According to them, the welding bead dimension of the front lower arm is suspected to be insufficient that may result to breakage while vehicle is in use.
“The inspection procedure is estimate to take 1.7 hours at the most and when needed, replacement of both front lower arms is estimated at 6.3 hours,” the statement claimed.
Some 11,403 Montero Sport (2WD and 4WD) and 4,050 Strada (2WD and 4WD) units sold from 2011 to 2012 would be the coverage for the safety procedure.
Meanwhile, MMPC is also suspecting that the width of the welding bead between the tube and stub shaft might be not enough in some units that may result to breakage while vehicle is in use.
They said that the inspection procedure is estimated to take 12 minutes at the most and when needed, replacement is estimated at 36 minutes and the coverage are 66 Montero Sport 4WD and 13 Strada 4WD units rolled out in 2012.
Aside from that they would also check the power-assisted reclining switch for the Montero.
They have admitted that the power assisted reclining switch may get stuck during usage and may result to power seat motor overheating.
Replacement of the reclining switch is estimated at 18 minutes and when needed power seat motor replacement, should require a total of 2.5 hours.
“Coverage of this safety inspection are 8,059 Montero Sport four wheel drive models [GLS SE and GT-V] units sold from 2009 up to present,” it noted.
However, they clarified that the move was made despite no reported failures or incidents nationwide and is a proactive commitment to quality and consumer safety.
MMPC Presidentand CEO Hikosaburo Shibata “sincerely apologized to all affected customers for the inconvenience caused by this safety inspection.”
He also said that it has already mobilized its Customer Service Operation to communicate to all the affected customers and that all their service centers have been prepared to do the necessary inspection.
Those eyeing to check if there vehicle is included in the recall may check and verify using the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) at www.mitsubishi-motors.com.ph. Affected customers will be notified via email.
For additional concerns and inquiries, customers can get in touch with MMPC Customer Care Center at telephone numbers (+632) 658-0673 Monday to Friday from 7 am to 4 pm. RUBEN D. MANAHAN 4th